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Nelson was strongly Africanist, but this in no way affected our friendship, nor did the fact that I was a commoner and he an immaculately dressed Tembu prince.

There was a sale at Vrededorp. Ahmed Bhoola, JN and I were excited about the bargains we would pick up. I invited Nelson to join us. He looked down his nose and said, 'I shop at Markhams.' It was a choice man's shop, as I discovered later, but at that time I hadn't heard of it. It was then that I realised precisely how aristocratic this Tembu prince was.

Courtesy: Ismail Meer's autobiography, A Fortunate Man