Parliament, Cape Town
"The photograph was taken in November 2002 outside Poorthuis, the Old Assembly entrance to Parliament. I was Chair of the National Council of Provinces and Madiba had come to visit an exhibition of ancient maps that was part of the Parliamentary Millennium Project.
The exhibition attracted both local and international attention, because we were exhibiting an old Chinese map, dated 1389, that is now thought to be the first map ever drawn of Africa. Madiba was 84, formally retired, and I was overjoyed that he had accepted our invitation to attend the exhibition opening.
He took my arm and I led him into Parliament and up into the exhibition room. I remember he asked me probing questions about the maps. He stayed much longer than I had expected; it was one of the most invigorating encounters in all my years in Parliament.
Quote: "He stayed much longer than I had expected."