‘Driving Mandela’ biography launches at City library

A biography of Marcus Griebelaar, the official driver and bodyguard to the late former president Nelson Mandela, was launched at the City of Cape Town's Grassy Park Library earlier today. Mr Griebelaar grew up in Grassy Park and the library was the perfect venue for the introduction of the story of his life. Read more below:

The self-published book entitled 'Marcus Griebelaar � Driving Mandela' was written by Granaylia Murphy, and details Griebelaar's 12-year-journey as the driver for one of the world's greatest icons.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, attended the launch.

'I know Mr Griebelaar personally and the book provides a glimpse not just into his life, but also allows every reader to accompany him on a part of his journey with Mandela. The late president was a world treasure and in this biography we are reminded of the many life lessons he left us,' said Alderman Smith.

Mr Griebelaar, who grew up in Grassy Park, had always dreamed of being a policeman and in the book he shares his story and some of his most memorable moments with the late president.

'These stories and anecdotes are an important part of our country's history. It is also in the lives of those who have changed our world that we find inspiration,' said Alderman Smith.

Alderman Smith is a personal friend of Mr Griebelaar and congratulated him on the release of the book.

'Mr Griebelaar is a humble and shy man. I encouraged him to share his experience as encouragement. Mr Griebelaar had a special relationship and friendship with Mandela. In the book he gives us a unique perspective on their bond and insight into the man who was a world icon, but who treated everyone equally. This is indeed an auspicious occasion and I am excited that the book has seen the light,' said Alderman Smith.

Mr Griebelaar is still employed by the City as a chauffeur.

Alderman Smith encouraged library patrons to read the book, which will be available at City libraries.

'This is the story of the remarkable lives of two men. Read and learn from the priceless lessons of their experiences and get to know more about the man who was, arguably, this country's greatest president,' said Alderman Smith.

Source: City Of Cape Town