- In 2001, Nelson Mandela saved James Small's life with a simple phone call
- The story has gone viral on social media and touched Mzansi's hearts
- This followed the tragic news of his death on Wednesday
South Africans are mourning the death of rugby legend James Small, who tragically passed away on Wednesday.
Briefly.co.za reported previously that Small suffered a heart attack on Tuesday evening, which led to his death the following day.
His death, at the age of 50, came as shock to South Africans, who flooded social media with tribute messages in his honour.
On Wednesday, a rugby tweeter posted an inspiring story on how Madiba saved Small's life in 2001.
According to Twitter user Oom Rugby, Small wanted to end his own life in 2001.
"He went to stay at his mother's home to get away from the media and the glaring. Nobody could get hold of him and most people did not even know where he was. Then the phone rang and his mother answered it," Oom Rugby wrote.
The tweet added Small received a phone call from Mandela. However, Small did not believe that Madiba was on the line and he told his mom to put the phone down.
The thread ended with:
"James says it was the moment that changed his life. The fact that Mr Mandela bothered to have concern about him, and then somehow got his people to track him down. And then to deliver such a perspective. A guy who went through much much worse. That is when James stood up again."
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