On this day in history, 1989, FW de Klerk took the first steps to reconcile the country. After taking over from PW Botha, De Klerk announced the release of political prisoners.
It has been 25 years since the end of apartheid and we sometimes forget the road that led to the freedom of the people.
On this day 30 years ago, FW de Klerk made a valuable contribution towards the negotiation of a democratic South Africa.
After taking over from PW Botha, De Klerk announced the unconditional release of some of the most notable, long-serving political prisoners.
De Klerk released eight anti-apartheid activists who had been arrested for their involvement in the liberation movements of the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC).
The move by the newly-elected president's announcement showed that the government was finally ready to give into the ANC's demands and work towards a democratic SA.
Briefly.co.za gathered the captive struggle icons who were released were:
Walter Sisulu, Andrew Mlangeni, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi, Wilton Mkwayi, Ahmed Kathrada, Jafta Masemola and Oscar Mpetha.
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