The Presidential Years

Personally I dare to say that moments in my life have been few and far between when I have sensed the excitement of change as in this august chamber. – Nelson Mandela, at the final sitting of the first democratically elected Parliament.281

‘The biggest challenge,’ he said, ‘is that our people are not used to being in Parliament, the public is not used to Parliament, so we must make sure that everybody, every political party, every South African thinks it is their parliament.’ 282

– Frene Ginwala, recalling Mandela’s words to her on her election as Speaker of Parliament