Mandela’s long-time personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, a white Afrikaner, reveals to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour:
I was a full-on racist by the time I started working for him. Now looking back, if you [asked] me at the age of twenty-three I would probably have denied being a racist.Now it’s easier, because you can recognize the change in yourself.
She tells Amanpour that meeting Nelson was “the turning point in my life.”
He was kind. He smiled. He extended his hand, and he spoke to me in my own language. He spoke to me in Afrikaans. And that is the last thing you expect of him, because I was brought up to fear this man.
The FBI releases files comprising 334 pages of FBI records from June 1990 that relate to Nelson Mandela’s visit to the US in 1990 immediately after his release from prison. The files reveal that FBI spied on Mandela to ensure his safety during the visit, which was accompanied by numerous threats to Mandela’s life. The US government had named African National Congress, Mandela’s political party, as a terrorist organization and when Mandela visited the US in 1990, the party continued to be regarded as a terrorist organization. Memos from released files reveal that Mandela was in contact with Coretta Scott King and was supposed to meet Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader.
Onica Mothoa (66) claims to be Mandela’s lovechild. Mothoa alleges Mandela had the affair while he was married to his first wife, Evelyn Mase. She also claims to have been rejected by the Mandela Family, however Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela has said that Onica Mothoa has not yet requested help from him.
Maybe she has not been using the proper channels. If she says she was chased away from the family, who from the family chased her away?
Onica is still trying to prove her claim.
Anglou writes a poem in tribute to Nelson Mandela, commissioned by the U.S. State Department, on behalf of the American People. A video of Angelou reciting the poem is released by the United States State Department. Additional videos of the recitation are produced by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information with subtitles in seventeen different languages.
Mandela dies peacefully in his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by family at the age of 95. He dies of the prolonged respiratory infection that had placed him in the hospital several times before his death.
President Jacob Zuma announces his death officially on television, beginning a national mourning period that lasts ten days.
Mandela speaks about being in prison for 27 years and how it shaped him as a person:
But in a single cell in prison, I had time to think. I had a clear view of my past and present, and I found that my past left much to be desired, both in regard to my relations with other humans and in developing personal worth.
Winfrey interviews Nelson Mandela on Opera’s Next Chapter. Winfrey asks Mandela questions of family, oppression and imprisonment.