Empathy and humanity were what made Nelson Mandela great
I was there in the days leading up to the 1994 elections, when die-hard racists were planting bombs and threatening a race war. South Africa was on the brink of civil war. Mandela saved it.
When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, South Africa was a catastrophe waiting to happen. Had Nelson been anything but Mandela – anything but that exquisitely modulated blend of common sense, compassion and authority – the whole place could well have gone up in flames.