Mandela In Lobatse (Part 2)

We left off late in the afternoon of January 11, 1962 with Mandela’s driver Mohammed Cajee, then travelling under the alias Mohammed Ismael, having been hauled into the Lobatse police station for disturbing the peace for conduct arising from a drinking binge at the Lobatse Hotel.

While the police station commander, Bail, had no special reason to take particular interest in the identity of the detainee the same could not be said for Sergeant Pio, the visiting South African Police Special Branch (SAP-SB) officer who dropped by to listen in on the questioning.

Perhaps the sight of Pio shocked some sense into the otherwise inebriated Cajee, who at any rate denied any knowledge of Mandela’s presence, admitting only that he had given an unknown African a lift on the Zeerust road.

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