Sam Prakash
Nelson Mandela's bodyguard Sam Prakash. Image: Yasantha Naidoo via Twitter

Newsbreak Legends: Profiling Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard, Sam Prakash

The 71-year-old was the bodyguard to Nelson Mandela – South Africa’s first democratic President – during his visitation in KwaZulu-Natal following his release from prison in 1990 in conversation with Newsbreak Producer Taliesha Naidoo.

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Prakash‚ who was tasked with VIP protection of Mandela in KwaZulu-Natal‚ recalled being at Ohlange Institute in Inanda‚ Durban‚ in 1994.

“When we came in here‚ it was very early in the morning and I was part of the delegation. Being here when his first vote took place and being here today‚ on his 100th anniversary‚ is memorable actually. I can still feel his aura around. Mandela was such a great man.”

Prakash was speaking to TimesLIVE before a lecture to celebrate Freedom Day at Ohlange Institute and to pay tribute to stalwarts who contributed to the liberation of black people in South Africa including John Langalibalele Dube‚ who founded the institute in 1900‚ Pixley ka Isaka Seme‚ founder of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC)‚ the precursor of the ANC‚ Mahatma Gandhi‚ leader of India’s non-violent independence movement against British rule and in South Africa‚ and Mandela.

This year marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth.

Source: Newsbreak Lotus, TimesLIVE

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