Thursday, 5 December 2013
For me it was that day in February 1990 when Mr Mandela stepped away from prison after 27 years and raised his fist in triumph.
That showed that despite everything they threw at him, the South African Government had failed in its bid to break him. That he then showed no bitterness or ill-will against his captors, advocating reconciliation and compromise with the people who had taken almost three decades of his life was truly remarkable.
A giant of a man, besides whom today's world leaders appear moral pygmy's and who will heap praise upon him, leaders of countries who backed Apartheid South Africa, our very own Margaret Thatcher led Conservative Party among them.
It will be that moment, Mandela holding his wife's hand and walking away from prison that i will remember, an historic moment which was celebrated around the world.
South Africa may still have a long way to go but if it does one-day become the country of freedom and tolerance that it should be, it will be because people like Mandela were willing to sacrifice everything to be the spark.