Over the years the Mandelas have become symbols of the liber¬ ation struggle in South Africa. As Mrs Mandela says: ‘I have ceased a long time ago to exist as an individual. The ideals, the political goals that I stand for, those are the ideals and goals of the people in this country ... Whatever they do to me, they do to the people in this country ... When they send me into exile, it’s not me as an individual they are sending. They think that with me they can also ban the political ideas. But that is a historical impossibility.