The Lion In Winter

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ARCHITECT: Mandela speaks at an A.N.C. rally near Durban

He's everywhere. Shops from Cape Town to Johannesburg sell Mandela plates and Mandela portraits, Mandela coasters, Mandela dolls, even Mandela-shaped chocolates. Shoppers in Johannesburg's ritziest mall, which has renamed itself Mandela Square, can gaze up at a new 6-m bronze Mandela statue. Nelson Mandela, says artist Janet Wilson, "has become like a Coke sign. He's part of the everyday." And yet the very sight of him is a comfort to millions. "There's an aura about him," says political consultant Aubrey Matshiqi, 41. "The first time I saw him I actually wanted to cry and I don't know why." Journalist Charlene Smith,...

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