Dare Not Linger: The presidential years, Mandela’s Memoir
Dare Not Linger is Mandela’s memoir focusing mainly at his life as the President of South Africa. It is a sequel to the successful biography Long Walk to Freedom which was first published in 1994. The book takes its title from the final passage of A Long Walk to Freedom.
In Dare not linger Mandela shares insights in why certain decision was made in government. Madiba himself did not finish writing the Memoir which he started after his first and only term in office due to old age and ill health. Mandla Langa, an award South African author and poet was tasked with finishing the book using Mandela’s unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of unseen archive material.
Langa says he met Madiba, as Nelson Mandela was often affectionately called by his comrades and the nation for the first time in London at 1988 Mandela Tribute Concert at the Wembley stadium in London. “And that is where I saw Mandela’s effect on People”.
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Speaking to David O’Sullivan on Kaya fm, Langa says Mandela wanted to do his own washing, wanted to make his own bed. “He was a man who wanted to do things himself”.
Mandla Langa says he told make sure that Nelson Mandela’s voice is the golden thread that runs through the book. He relied on Nelson Mandela’s handwritten draft and information from people who were close to Nelson Mandela like Zelda Lagrange, Joel Netshitenge and Graca Machel to fill the gaps in the book.
Langa who was on the Breakkfast with David earlier this week says one of the challenges he faced when finishing Madiba’s book was that he had to bring out Mandela’s voice in the book- make sure that his voice doesn’t overshadow Madiba.
To complete the book, Langa says he interviewed people who were close to Madiba like Joel Ntshitenge, Mac Maharaj, Zelda La Grange and many others.
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