The guest on this morning's Desert Island Discs was Joel Joffe, a man who really merits the title "humanitarian." He has devoted his life to human rights issues as a lawyer, a business man and within charitable organisations such as Oxfam and International Alert. His curriculum vitae is impressive but his humility even more so. I found the interview, his choice of music and his observations on life both moving and inspiring.
Joel Joffe is perhaps best known for his work as a young defence lawyer in the troubled times in South Africa in the 1960s when he represented the group of ANC members, including Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki in the infamous Rivonia trial. His achievement there was to save his clients from the death penalty, although this morning we heard him give all the credit to Nelson Mandela.
It isn't possible to listen to this programme online although it will be repeated on Radio 4 on Friday morning. You can see Baron Joffe's choice of music here. I'll post a version of Nkosi Sikelel’ Iafrika separately, my attempt to include it here failed.