VIDEOS: On this day-Nelson Mandela was released from prison…can you guess who held the mic?

Who was holding the mic during Nelson Mandela's speech...can you spot him? Image:

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Rholihlahla #Mandela was released from prison.


Thousands of South Africans gathered at the Grand Parade, Cape Town and waited for hours to catch a glimpse of him and hear him speak for the first time after more than 27 years.

CBS News’ Bob Simon reported on the historic moment.

Watch: “CBS Evening News” coverage from that day:

Nelson Mandela’s Speech, made on the stairs of the Cape Town City Hall, opposite the Grand Parade and a stones throw from the Castle.

I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

Read: So onthou joernalis, Bertus de Bruyn Nelson Mandela en die geskiedkundige dag. Hy was immers daar

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another…

This was the official day of his release from prison in which he traveled to Cape Town and made his freedom speech on the steps of the Cape Town City Hall.

Watch: Nelson Mandela’s Speech

Read: The world bid Madiba farewell-Newspaper front pages

Little did South Africa, nor Cyril Ramaphosa know what the future will hold when these photos were taken…

Cyril Ramaphosa, who was ANC secretary-general at the time, stands next to President Nelson Mandela as he holds up a copy of the new South African Constitution at its signing in 1996. Image: Robbie Botha – The Sunday Times

Read: S.Africa union federation backs Ramaphosa for power

Who was holding the mic during Nelson Mandela’s speech…can you spot him? Image:

“If you worry about corruption in South Africa, remember that we allowed it. We have accepted that it (is) the norm. Go back to what Madiba said: That it is easier to change others than to change yourself,” Zelda La Grange – 2015

Tzaneen’s very own Mandela bridge close to Fairview Lodge. Photo: Bertus de Bruyn

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