SONA 1990: de Klerk declares Madiba and political prisoners’ release

SONA 1990: de Klerk declares Madiba and political prisoners’ release

- SONA 1990 took place on February 2

- Then president, F.W de Klerk announced that political prisioners would be released

- He also lifted the ban on political parties

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The State of the Nation Address taking place tonight has Mzansi on edge, eager to hear what President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling party have to say after a tumultuous year of political scandal and fleeting successes.

The SONA has a legacy of being the platform where major political revolutions occur.

In 1990, then president, F.W de Klerk famously announce the unbanning of revolutionary political parties and the release of political prisoners, Briefly.co.za learned.

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The 1990 SONA took place five days earlier, on 2 February. At the time, ANC leader, Nelson Mandela was carrying out his sentence near Paarl, after needing medical treatment for tuberculosis - the result of prison conditions which would have lingering effects.

Less than two weeks after the 1990 SONA, Mandela was released from prision, and the South African people had a new lease on life, and hope for a better future.

Masibulele Xaso discussed the upcoming SONA at the National Assembly Chamber on Tuesday, GoodThingsGuy reported.

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Xaso explained that the SONA is differen to the Opening Address, even though the phrases are sometimes conflated. He says it is the president’s space to refllect on the state of the country and to discuss with the people, how his adminstrtion plans on improving the current state of being.

Both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces are seated at the SONA, whicih is delivered in Parliament.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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