Mandela's release from prison is one of my first political memories. I was 10 and remember exactly where I was as he walked out of prison. I knew this was an important event and an important person. I have followed him ever since and always been inspired by his commitment to reconciliation, justice, and love. It is because of his legacy that I am now able to live and contribute to South Africa's development.
Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Assistant Dean of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg