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'Long Walk to Freedom' sequel out next year

Mandela left 10 hand-written chapters and his former colleagues worked on a finished draft.

FILE: Large posters depicting Nelson Mandela's life are displayed in the Cape Town Civic Centre. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Nelson Mandela Foundation said on Monday it would publish a book next year that South Africa's first black president began writing shortly before he left office as a sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

Madiba titled the book The Presidential Years.

The foundation held a lecture in remembrance of the global icon in Houghton last night.

The foundation's chair, Professor Njabulo Ndebele says the book includes Madiba's thoughts on how he lead the country.

"It's wonderful to get insight from this book on what he thought about his work as president.

He says it's exciting to discover Nelson Mandela was working on a sequel to Long Walk to Freedom.

"Being the disciplined person he was, he was working feverishly on it right until the end."

Mandela left 10 hand-written chapters and his former colleagues worked on a finished draft.

In the first hand-written page of the book, dated 16 October, 1998, the anti-apartheid hero begins by discussing the hopes, fears and fragilities of liberation movements the world over.

"Men and women, all over the world, right down the centuries, come and go. Some leave nothing behind, not even their names. It would seem that they never existed at all," are the opening words of the memoir.

"Others do leave something behind: the haunting memory of the evil deeds they committed against other people," the page released by the foundation goes on to say.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said it was working with the African National Congress to publish the book.

The foundation released another hand-written page it says Mandela attached to his first draft listing five people who are to be given copies of the 10 chapters of the book.

The five are: Zuma and his spokesperson Mac Maharaj, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former Foundation chief executive John Samuels and former ANC heavyweight Joel Netshitenzhe.

Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela's 1994 work that covers his early life and almost three decades in jail, sold millions of copies and was turned into a Hollywood film last year, taking around $27 million at the box office.

The R350 million project chronicled Mandela's life from his childhood through to his inauguration as South Africa's first democratically elected president.

The all-star local and international cast includes Naomie Harris, Idris Elba, Terry Pheto, Riaad Moosa, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Fana Mokoena, Tony Kgoroge and Deon Lotz.

The global icon died peacefully at his Houghton home in northern Johannesburg on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95.

He was buried in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December at a funeral service attended by 4,000 people.