Former Nelson Mandela bodyguard Chris Lubbe will tell his story in Long Bennington church

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A former bodyguard to Nelson Mandela will give a talk about his life and about the end of apartheid in South Africa where he grew up.

Chris Lubbe will give his talk at St Swithun’s Church on Thursday (June 15) at 7.30pm.

He said: “I relate my own story and also the remarkable South African miracle of our transition from apartheid to the dream of a ‘rainbow nation’.

“My story is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit which is a tribute to the many thousands of South Africans who have lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom.”

Tickets for the event are available via Eventbrite (search Chris Lubbe) or from Mary Dring on 01400 281178. Prices are £10 for adults and £5 for students.

Chrids added: “My life began in the rural surroundings of Port St Johns, in the eastern Cape of South Africa. At high school, I discovered I had a gift for speaking and led students in protest against the unjust system of ‘apartheid’. This action was to set me on a collision course with the ‘apartheid’ regime, so I spent the rest of life involved in the relentless struggle against discrimination.

“My mission in life is to use my past experiences and passion for people to connect, communicate & inspire positive change. I believe that as human beings we are all the same and that we all have the ability to make the world a better place. We can all make an impact on future generations so that in future no one will be judged by skin colour but the content of our hearts. The key themes of my message are determination, courage, perseverance and the power of forgiveness in the face of blatant racial discrimination or opposition.

“I’ve had the honour of learning from truly great leaders like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Desmond Tutu, FW De Klerk and Colin La Foy. I have also been Blessed with two amazing parents, Wilfred and Gladys Lubbe, who taught me the true meaning of humanity ‘Ubuntu’ and most of all, how to love unconditionally.”