Blacks barred from Madiba

I couldn't agree more with Reverend Chabaku's views about people who are allowed to see Nelson Mandela and can shake his hand.

I couldn't agree more with Reverend Chabaku's views about people who are allowed to see Nelson Mandela and can shake his hand.

Justice Malala's column on Monday about Jabu Khanyile's wish to meet Mandela before he died was insensitive.

It is not only foreigners who have easy access to the old man, but white people as well.

Way back during the 1995 Comrades Marathon, a group of friends and I made our way to the finishing line at Kingsmead in Durban.

Mandela, who was president at the time, was there. In fact he was not sitting very far from where we were.

It broke my heart to see young, innocent, black children who wanted to talk to their favourite grandpa being turned away by Mandela's bodyguards and the police.

Astonishingly, white children were having a good time with Mandela and were not hassled by his security men.

I wondered then if those white children's parents knew anything about the ANC.

I guess there is truth in the statement that the black man is always a suspect.

I don't believe that Mandela himself agrees with what those around him do to protect him.

Richardson Mzaidume, Pimville

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