Zelda la Grange joined the presidential typing pool in 1994. She soon won Mandela’s trust and went on to become his right-hand woman.
For 16 years, Zelda la Grange was the constant companion at Nelson Mandela’s side. It gave her unrivalled access to world leaders from Bill Clinton to Muammar Gaddafi.
Mandela was a tough and demanding but irreplaceable boss, she recalls.
"He was straightforward but I have to say he wasn’t a pushover. If he’d made up his mind about something, he stuck to that."
Mandela has been criticised for maintaining warm relations with leaders such as Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
La Grange explained： "Madiba never condoned the things that Gaddafi did wrong but the fact that he delivered on his promise meant a lot to Madiba because it showed him there was a relationship based on trust.
"Gaddafi was so hospitable whenever we went to Libya. He would ask Madiba, ’What would you like to be prepared for supper?’ There’s very few other heads of state who went to the trouble to ask Madiba what he wanted to eat."
例句：Chris will definitely stick to his decision. He is no pushover.（克里斯肯定會堅持他的決定。他不是好說話的人。）
go to the trouble （to do something / of doing something）：動詞片語，不怕麻煩、費心力做某事。例句：Don’t go to the trouble to cook. I’ve already had supper.（不必張羅飯菜。我已經吃過晚餐了。）