The man, Christo Brand, who worked as a prison guard during the time Nelson Mandela was in jail said he was “very happy” the struggle icon was being honoured.
On Tuesday at the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, Brand said he was happy to see Madiba was still being honoured till this day.
Brand, who started working at Robben Island in 1978, said he was excited to see the struggle icon was still being recognised worldwide.
Briefly.co.za learned the former prison guard had first-hand experience with Mandela’s struggle, since he was his prisoner for many years.
“I guarded him on Robben Island and Pollsmoor, and to see all these people… his presence will be felt,” he said about the masses who came out to honour Madiba.
Brand added he hoped young South Africans knew what Madiba, whom he hailed a global icon, stood for and why he went to prison in the first place.
IOL reported Brand was asked whether he thought Mandela would be proud of the current South Africa, to which he answered despite still having a long way to go, a lot has been achieved since the fall of apartheid 24-years-ago.
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