for Nelson Mandela, it was the beginning of his decades in jail.
“A few months after my father’s undercover interview with Mandela, my mother Eve was arrested for promoting the objectives of the banned ANC and spent six months in prison. She was one of the first white women to be jailed. She was then fined for ‘insulting’ the apartheid state president in a protest leaflet that she signed. They were both listed as members of a banned organisation and could no longer work as journalists. Our whole family had to leave for a life of exile, around Africa and in the UK.
“Thirty years would pass before my father met Nelson Mandela again, at a birthday party for the famous singer Miriam Makeba, who had become known as ‘Mama Africa’. It was one of many parties to celebrate coming back home, after almost three decades of exile.”