23 years ago today, Nelson “Madiba” Mandela was released from Robben Island after 27 years of imprisonment for his involvement in fighting the apartheid government in South Africa. Here is a video of his release from Robben Island, a place that I was fortunate to visit during the time I was in Cape Town in 2000.
As I watch the video, I am reflecting of my stay in Cape Town, South Africa. I was in Cape Town when South Africans were celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his release. Looking back, South Africa was barely 6 years old into the “new” South Africa. Mandela’s presidency had terminated in 1999 and Thabo Mbeki was new South African President taking office in June of 1999. As I look back, it really brings me joy that I was able to live for 6 months in a “new” South Africa.
Here is a song by Hugh Masakela that is one of my songs. Enjoy!