'It never felt like I drove the president': Madiba's driver and bodyguard of 12 years reminisces

'It never felt like I drove the president': Madiba's driver and bodyguard of 12 years reminisces

- Marcus Griebelaar was Mandela's driver and bodyguard in Cape Town

- He described Mandela as a "wonderful man"

- He has written a book about his experience

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Former President Nelson Mandela's driver and bodyguard in Cape Town, Marcus Griebelaar, has written a book about the time he spent with the statesman.

The book is titled Marcus Griebelaar - Driving Mandela. In it, Marcus reminisces about his 12 years beside Madiba starting in 1995, Briefly.co.za gathered.

He described Madiba as a warm and wonderful person whose home was always open to him.

Speaking to Cape Argus, Marcus said:

He was a wonderful man. We always spoke when we were in the car. He was always talking and it never felt like I drove the president. It felt like I drove around with a friend.

He added that although he was from the old police force under apartheid, Madiba never made him feel out of place.

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Marcus (left) during his book launch recently. Source: News24

Marcus (left) during his book launch recently. Source: News24

He fondly recalled how Madiba visited his daughter, who was then five years old, in Grassy Park in 1996. He said he would never forget that moment, which he described as "very special."

Marcus also noticed how Madiba was at his happiest whenever he visited Qunu in the Eastern Cape:

When I was there, I never felt out of place. It felt like my second home. I have travelled all over the world with Madiba, but he loved being there. It was so special to him. That was his only home, and it was clear when he was there that it was special and that he was home.

Marcus now works at the City of Cape Town as Mayor Patricia de Lille's chauffeur.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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