18 Jun 2014 | Original Publication: Books Live
Although there are many books on Nelson Mandela, only Tony Leon’s Opposite Mandela is written from the perspective of someone who was “objectively a political opponent of his”.
Leon spoke to Sue Grant-Marshall on her Radio Today show about his relationship with Madiba, which, despite him being the leader of the official opposition at the time the ANC came to power, was characterised by warmth and friendliness.
Leon says that Opposite Mandela also looks at the seeds that Mandela planted “to make South Africa more democratic, to make parliament more responsive and to make opponents friends not enemies”.
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