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In News Online’s Witness, BBC correspondents reflect on their coverage of some of the most extraordinary events of the past quarter of a century. There’s also the chance to watch their original reports.
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Mandela JAMES ROBBINS
Victor Versten prison, Cape Province:
11 February 1990

In February 1990 Nelson Mandela walked free from Victor Verster prison after 25 years of incarceration. James Robbins was there for the BBC and remembers what it was like to see a man whose very image has been outlawed by the state.

Reflections
Original Report
James Robbins James Robbins
"He had not been the prisoner, it was the white people of South Africa who had been the prisoners of his conscience".

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