#ThisDayInHistory: On This Day In 1990, South Africa’s President, Fredrick de Klerk Announced He Was Going To Release NELSON Mandela From Prison.
Written by Olaide Adewale on February 2, 2021
On this day in 1990, South African President, Fredrick. W. de Klerk announcesd the unbanning of the African National Congress Party and promised he was going to release Freedom fighter and independence movement leader Nelson Mandela from Prison.
President F. W. de Klerk delivered the speech at the opening of the 1990 session of the Parliament of South Africa in which he announced sweeping reforms that marked the beginning of the negotiated transition from apartheid to constitutional democracy.
The reforms promised in the speech included also the unbanning of the other anti-apartheid organisations, and the release of all political prisoners as well as putting an end to the state of emergency, and a moratorium on the death penalty.
Dr Nelson Mandela who was the leader of the black movement was eventually released after spending 27 years in jail.
He went on to contest the Presidency and won overwhelmingly.
He preached peace and national reconciliation and urged the black majority to accept white South-Africans as their brothers.
The now late Dr Mandela is regarded by scholars the world over as one of the most influential Persons that ever lived.
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