July 18, 1918 - December 5th, 2013
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician,
served in Jail for 27 years.
He became President of South Africa
One of the greatest leaders we have seen.
He adored Mahatma Gandhi and,
like Bapu, he chased the awful White apartheid regime
out of his country after their centuries of terrible rule.
People the world over thought
the Blacks in South Africa
would kill several Whites
after gaining their independence.
He made sure this never happened.
He loved Cricket.
In fact, the very first question he asked,
when he got out of Jail, was
"Is Bradman still alive?"
Nuzhat and I sat with his daughter
(outside a London Church)
protesting about his being jailed for 10 years.