Mandela's Corrections Minister Now a Decatur Shopkeeper

The AJC has a very intriguing interview with Pambili’s shopkeeper, Sipo Mzimela, about his upbringing and eventual return to South Africa as Nelson Mandela’s minister of corrections.  Recapping a 5 hour interview, the AJC article tells of Mzimela’s experience before and during Apartheid, his escape to depressed, communist Czechoslovakia, then to Germany and finally the US.  

A great read! I am continually amazed by the hidden stories/histories that exist in our small 3 square-mile city.

Check out Sipo’s shop, Pambili (in Decatur’s Artisan building), for an array of South African imports.