STATEMENT FROM ANANT SINGH ON THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF
THE RELEASE OF NELSON MANDELA FROM PRISON
Today is a very special day for all South Africans, and probably more significant than the day of Madiba’s release as it marks twenty years of his emancipation from incarceration. The most significant aspect of it is that he is with us today and is able to celebrate this day with the entire nation.
Madiba spent almost three decades in prison and has only been out for two.
Today is also a time for me to reflect on the exceptional experience that Madiba gave to me, having communicated with him while he was in prison about a film of his life story. I am honoured to have been chosen to make films on his amazing life.
As a salute to Madiba, and his exceptional commitment to the nation, I produced a five minute film which was played at cinemas earlier this week. Additionally, it is a very special honour to have the feature length film that I produced, Viva Madiba: A Hero For All Seasons be distributed in parliament today as a commemorative gift.
I am also delighted to be attending this most historic session of parliament today and consider it a singular privilege.
In saluting Madiba today, we also salute the many thousands of people that committed their lives to our liberation, including Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Govan Mbeki, Joe Slovo and especially the Mandela Family.
11 February 2010