On this day in 1991, Nelson Mandela and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi met for the first time in 30 years to reach a historic agreement.
African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President, Nelson Mandela, met with his political arch-rival, Chief Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi – leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on 29th January 1991.
The historic meeting was the first time the pair met in 30 years.
Following Mandela’s release from prison and positive negotiations with the South African government, there was a strong sense that apartheid would officially come to an end.
However, a potential civil war loomed large following outbreaks of violence between supporters of the ANC and IFP.
Briefly.co.za noted that the 2 political leaders came together in a meeting lasting 8 hours in Durban.
Both men departed from the meeting in high spirits.
As confirmed by South African History Online, the 2 parties issued a joint statement called the Royal Hotel Minute.
The 2 parties pledged their commitment to keep the peace and political tolerance.
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