Mbuli cherishes Suzman’s faith in him

South African poet Mzwakhe Mbuli recalled Suzman’s consistent belief in him on Thursday. He spoke to...

“People’s poet” Mzwakhe Mbuli performs at an ANC election campaign rally at Jabulani Amphitheatre in Soweto on 2 November 2008. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

South African poet Mzwakhe Mbuli recalled Suzman’s consistent belief in him on Thursday.

He spoke to journalists outside her home in Illovo following her death on New Year’s Day.

He said she would often nag people into her way of thinking.

“When Nelson Mandela came to me in prison, he said I’m here because of Mrs Suzman’s pressure. I’m tired of Mrs Suzman’s calls and pressure, so it says a lot to you, that it is one thing to be honoured by being visited by a person of Mandela’s caliber, it’s another when he himself openly said I am here to visit you, enough of Mrs Suzman’s pressure."