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Sequel to Mandela’s ‘Long Walk’ autobiography launched

PICTURED: Nelson Mandela (Photo credit: Associated Press)

THE FOLLOW up to Nelson Mandela's autobiography Long Walk To Freedom, has been released in Johannesburg.

Dare Not Linger tackles his five years as South Africa's president after the collapse of apartheid and gives his view of the country's first multi-racial elections in 1994.

Mandela's unfinished handwritten draft of the book was completed by South African novelist Mandla Langa.

Mandela wrote 10 chapters of his follow-up memoir on loose paper and in files between 1998 and 2002, when he stopped working on it due to his hectic schedule.

Langa completed the book using fresh interviews and research, as well as Mandela’s own notes from when he was president.

According to BBC, the title of the book is taken from the final sentence of Mandela's celebrated autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, in which he wrote: "With freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended."

Verne Harris, of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said to Sowetan Live, that the book would “fundamentally shift perceptions” about the anti-apartheid hero’s time in power.

“What emerges is... a hands-on leader who, in relation to aspects of his government such as the security establishment, was a bit of a micromanager,” Harris said.

“He was a politician’s politician; he knew how to get the best out of people.” Publisher Pan Macmillan described it as “a vivid and inspirational account of Mandela’s presidency, a country in flux and the creation of a new democracy“.

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