What lessons can SA learn, 28 years on from the day of Mandela’s release?


I do not recall exactly how the news filtered through to us at Barnato Park High School in Berea, Johannesburg. Then incumbent and last apartheid President FW de Klerk was in Parliament on the morning of February 2 1990 and, in five brief sentences, made an announcement that would change the course of our history forever.

“Today, I am able to announce far-reaching decisions,” he declared.



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