From Mandela’s Enemy to His Right Hand

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nelson Mandela and Zelda la Grange (Sunday Times South Africa)

Zelda la Grange grew up white in segregated South Africa, supporting the regime and the rules of apartheid. Her conservative family referred to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela as “a terrorist.” Yet just a few years after his release and the end of apartheid, she had become one of the president’s most loyal and devoted associates. La Grange’s memoir, Good Morning, Mr. Mandela, looks back at her time as one of Mandela’s private secretaries during his presidency and as an aid and spokesperson in his retirement. Working and traveling by his Mandela’s for almost two decades, La Grange found herself negotiating with celebrities and world leaders, supporting Mr. Mandela in his many roles.



Zelda la Grange

Comments [4]

Henrietta from Away From the Kool-Aid

No hate and revenge crimes against S. African whites?

Can the guest be that ignorant?

Jul. 21 2014 12:42 PM
W. P. Smith

No mention of the soaring rates of violent crime?

S. Africa has one of the highest rape and murder rates in the world.

Has ending apartheid brought any improvement in this area?

Jul. 21 2014 12:28 PM
fuva from harlemworld

I've heard this 'preservation out of necessity' line from several Afrikaaners who supported apartheid. It needs to be dismissed as nonsense once and for all. Not wanting to face the consequences of one's injustice is no excuse for perpetuating it.

Jul. 21 2014 12:18 PM

Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis" was where I saw the concept first put forth - that to leave prison with hatred in one's heart is to not really leave it - was Wilde what inspired Nelson Mandela or had he come to this felling on his own?

Jul. 21 2014 12:17 PM

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