Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Mandela Speech

StoryDecember 18, 1997
Watch iconWatch Full Show

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 seeking to retain their privileges, saying that when any meaningful changes were attempted, such as the use of affirmative action, whites "consistently demonstrated" their desire to maintain the status quo.

Mandela also said some aid groups were in fact acting as the political ears and mouthpieces for local and foreign interests acting against his government. In particular, Mandela quoted a US Aid for International Development document that he said stated its goals as challenging his government on key issues, "in some respects making President Mandela’s task more difficult."

The country’s opposition parties were sharply criticized as well. The largely white, liberal Democratic Party, a long-time foe of apartheid that has been gaining in the polls, was along with the National Party, the architects of apartheid, as parties "engaged in a desperate struggle" to convince white voters that they are the most "reliable and best defenders of white privilege."

Guest:

  • Marcus Mabry, a journalist with the Africa bureau of Newsweek.

Tape:

  • President Nelson Mandela, of South Africa and the outgoing leader of the African National Congress.

Related link:

  • 12/16/97 Pacifica Network News–"South African Hero Steps Down"

.
.
.


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation