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ANC leaders visit prison, in tribute to Mandela

Monday, December 09, 2013 - 01:09

Dec. 9 - Leaders from the African National Congress party visit prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 14 months before his release. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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This was where Nelson Mandela spent his last 14 months of incarceration -- the Victor Verster prison in Paarl, just outside Cape Town. On Monday, Leaders of the African National Congress party paid tribute to Mandela by visiting the prison. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS PARTY SECRETARY GENERAL, GWEDE MANTASHE, SAYING: "A journey to freedom. Though Mandela wrote 'A Long Walk to Freedom,' I always go and look at it biblically, that the 40 years of a journey to the land of promise means that there were difficult moments and difficult times, and this is but one example." From 1988, Mandela was living in a private cottage inside the prison, after being in and out of hospital, for tuberculosis treatment. He stayed here until his historic release in February 11, 1990. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CORRECTIONAL OFFICER, SAYING: "Well I would not say he was happy, I would say that being in a correctional centre, Madiba had always made the best of every situation he has been in. He was on Robben Island, he was not happy to be there, but he made the best of it. He was in Pollsmoor, he was not happy to be there, but he made the best of it. And even when he was here, he would not have preferred to be here, he would have preferred to be home." In Johannesburg, preparations are already underway for a memorial that dozens of world leaders will be attending -- including U.S. President Barack Obama, Iran's Hassan Rouhani and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

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ANC leaders visit prison, in tribute to Mandela

Monday, December 09, 2013 - 01:09