Monday, April 22, 2024

Pienaar remembers Mandela


Share post:

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Their friendship helped forge a new country, the white rugby player and the black president who came to represent South Africa’s racial reconciliation.
Former Springboks captain Francois Pienaar remembered Nelson Mandela’s smile and his “booming voice” in a television interview broadcast hours after the anti-apartheid leader’s funeral yesterday.
On the Carte Blanche program, Pienaar spoke of his first impressions of Mandela in their meeting before the 1995 Rugby World Cup, saying he was struck by that voice, but also “a big man. Strong man … That’s the first thing I always tell people.”
Pienaar reflected on South Africa’s triumph in the tournament final and how Mandela’s decision to wear a Springboks jersey made the player so emotional he couldn’t sing his country’s new national anthem because he felt he would cry.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

Female body found in well at Carmichael

The body of a female was retrieved from a well at Carmichael, St George about 11:15 p.m on...

Body found at Carmichael, St. George

Emergency officials are attempting to recover what appears to be a body at Carmichael, St George. Police public affairs...

Blackett endorses Yearwood, no-confidence in Thorne

Pandemonium broke out at a quarterly review meeting of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) this evening after general...

Netanyahu to reject any sanctions on army units

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to reject any sanctions on the country's military, after reports that the US...