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Mandela Memories – 25 years after his release: Christo Brand

 

“Nelson Mandela became like a father to me.”

Christo Brand, Nelson Mandela’s former prison warder, says it was one of the happiest moments of his life when Madiba was eventually freed.

Brand went to work at Robben Island in 1978 when he was only 18 years old and shared many memorable and emotional moments with Mandela. “I used to teach Mandela Afrikaans at Robben Island and my heart swelled with pride when Madiba included some Afrikaans in his freedom speech at Cape Town  City Hall. All the hours of hard work clearly paid off”.

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