How Nelson Mandela won over his jailers

The same transformation happened to Rory Steyn. He was a tough Afrikaner cop who enforced apartheid’s tough laws. Yet President Mandela tapped him to lead his security detail.”And who was I? I was just a dispensable white cop. If there was an issue, any doubts, just get rid of him. There’s a whole queue of guards waiting to take his position. And he chose not to do that. Go figure,” said Steyn. The prisoner he once despised became the president he admired. Steyn believes Mandela’s policy of reconciliation and healing lifted up the country many feared would fall into racial war.

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