Mon, Dec 09, 2013 - Page 6 News List

For guard, Mandela was prisoner and father figure

AFP, CAPE TOWN

“Men like... Warrant Officer Brand reinforced my belief in the essential humanity even of those who had kept me behind bars for the previous 27-and-a-half years,” he once remarked.

Mandela did not change after becoming president and he was still the same person that “always let you feel the big person,” Brand said.

He was someone who would go “the extra mile for anybody,” Brand said.

Brand has returned to work on Robben Island, which is now a museum.

“People will always remember Mandela for the humble, down-to-earth person, the person who leads the country, who changed the country without bloodshed, you know that will also be in the people’s minds,” Brand said. “For me it feels [like] I lost a father even if he was my prisoner.”

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