Mandela's Legacy

Bob Blake and Madeline Buckley | Dec. 7, 2013 | South Bend Tribune

Nelson Mandela waving

Hope of a peaceful transition to a democratic, post-apartheid South Africa was not in abundant supply in the mid-1980s.

Resigned to the realization any transition would likely be bloody, John Affleck-Graves made the difficult decision to leave his native South Africa.

"We did not believe the country could change peacefully. I left because I thought things would be a lot worse than they ended up being," Affleck-Graves said. "The emotions of leaving your home are always difficult. It was a lot of frustration that people could not do what was so obviously right."

Within a few years of his departure, however, one man -- Nelson Mandela -- helped lead a dramatic turnaround.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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