Chris Ndaliso
Senior journalist
1 minute read
7 Dec 2013
00:00

‘Closeness goes way back’

Chris Ndaliso

AS families associated with the struggle against apartheid are still digesting the news of the death of Nelson Mandela, some say although difficult to accept, they knew this day would come...

AS families associated with the struggle against apartheid are still digesting the news of the death of Nelson Mandela, some say although difficult to accept, they knew this day would come. One such family is that of the late John Langalibalele Dube in Inanda, Durban.

Spokesperson Langa Dube said there was a lot to be learnt from Mandela. “Out from incarceration he preached the spirit of reconciliation and he worked hard to instill that in everyone. The closeness of my family and Madiba goes way back. While he was incarcerated on Robben Island, he and my aunt, Nomagugu, used to write to each other.”

During the first democratic election, Mandela cast his vote at Ohlange High School in Inanda, the home of the founding president of the ANC, John Langalibalele Dube.