I have always thought of South Africa as Nelson Mandela’s country. I vaguely remembered that he shared his Nobel Peace Prize with de Klerk, and that earlier, Bishop Tutu also won a Nobel. But when I got to Nobel Square on Cape Town’s waterfront, there were statues of 4 winners of Nobel Peace Prizes. The one that I totally missed was Lutuli, who was actually that first one who won a Nobel in 1960 also for his work against apartheid. The 4 Nobel winners testify to the courage and leadership of the South African people.
It can also be said that it is the deep racial and social problems in the country that made such courage and leadership necessary. But which country does not have deep-seated problems? Yet not too many has produced great man such as Nelson Mandala.