frontline: the long walk of nelson mandela

A view of the Transkei

The Boy From the Transkei

The rolling green hills of the rural Transkei (see map) is the place Mandela thinks of as home; it is there he has built his retirement house. Growing up in the royal kraal of the Madiba clan, Mandela was groomed to be advisor to the King of Thembus.
"In my youth in the Transkei I listened to the elders of my tribe telling stories of the old days. Amongst the tales they related to me were those of wars fought by our ancestors in defence of the fatherland. The names of Dingane and Bambata, Hintsa and Makana, Squngthi and Dalasile..."opening sentences from Mandela's statement from the dock in the Rivonia Trial, April 1964
An interview with Richard Stengel He collaborated on Mandela's memoirs and offers here an insightful analysis of the traits of character that are rooted in Mandela's "royal" upbringing. He also discusses the shock and affront of apartheid Johannesburg for the young Mandela when he first arrived in that city. And he describes how Mandela was both a country bumpkin and a dandy in those early years.
A Country Childhood - Excerpt from Mandela's Memoirs He describes his happy boyhood in the village of Qunu and its life of custom, ritual and taboo. Those who have studied his life feel Mandela's grounded sense of himself comes from this African heritage; that his relationship to power today can be traced to these roots in a traditional society and his understanding of tribal leadership.
An Interview with Chief Ndaba Mtirara, Chief Anderson Joyi and Cheief Jonginyaniso Mtirara The old Madiba chiefs still remember Mandela as a young boy whose values and attitudes were shaped by tradition and royal prerogative.
Joe Matthews's Memories A longtime friend and ANC associate, Matthews recounts his early impressions of the tall, strikingly well-dressed, young Mandela at the University College of Fort Hare.
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