Apartheid had made South Africa a pariah when it came to sports. I remember my Aunt and Uncle staging sit-downs at rugby games in New Zealand to protest the All Blacks, the NZ rugby team, playing the Springboks, the South African team.
In 1981 New Zealand let the Springboks into the country to tour. I remember bloody protests when the Springboks made that infamous tour. When Mandela heard the news of the protests from his prison cell on Robben Island he described it as "light piercing the darkness."
Looking back I wish I had done so much more to protest apartheid. What did Nelson Mandela mean to you?