‘I voted for Nelson Mandela’

Buncrana woman looks back on her time in South Africa under Madiba’s leadership

Mandela Lynda Byron

Buncrana resident LYNDA BYRON (above) is one of the few South Africans who now live in Inishowen. She is a retired feature-writer and proof-reader and reflects here on her life in South Africa at the time Nelson Mandela became the first black President of that great nation. Lynda is currently writing her memoir: ‘How High Were The Mealies?’

Over the past week so much has been said and written about the late Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela that I do not intend to replicate anything already covered by world media but I do have a sincere wish to describe some of my experiences while living in Southern Africa.

Having grown up, married and had my two sons while living in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in 1982 my husband and I decided to re-settle in South Africa, considered a relatively simple although very long-distance hop into the adjoining country.

We’d had enough of the political struggle in Rhodesia so gave up our business and lovely home in Salisbury (now Harare) and, forbidden by the new Zimbabwe Government to remove any assets other than enough used furniture for our family of four, we arrived in South Africa virtually penniless but hopeful for a peaceful new beginning.

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