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  • In his final speech as head of the ruling Africa National Congress this week, President Nelson Mandela of South Africa warned the world of an effort by former apartheid rulers to intensify a destabilization campaign against South Africa’s new democracy. In the four hour speech delivered before 3,000 delegates at the ANCUs 50th national conference in the northwestern town of Mafikeng, Mandela also accused elements of the white minority of...
    December 18, 1997 | Story
  • The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard dramatic testimony the past two weeks that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a major figure in the struggle against apartheid and President Nelson Mandela’s former wife, operated a so-called reign of terror during the mid to late 1980s.
    December 08, 1997 | Story
  • The last apartheid leader of South Africa, former President F.W. de Klerk, resigned yesterday as head of the National Party, effectively ending his role in South African politics. De Klerk led his pro-apartheid party, and most whites in South Africa, into a rapprochement with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress and, ultimately, a one person, one vote political system. He shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela.
    August 27, 1997 | Story
  • A new film about South African President Nelson Mandela will open across the country later this month. Mandela the film chronicles the life of the former political prisoner turned president. Directed by South African filmmakers Joe Menell and Angus Gibson, the film is the only official biography of Nelson Mandela. And as a result, the filmmakers had unprecedented access to Mandela and to a 100 hours of extraordinary archival footage.
    March 18, 1997 | Story