This historic day: Mandela meets F.W. de Klerk to discuss SA's future

This historic day: Mandela meets F.W. de Klerk to discuss SA's future

On this day in history, the first step towards a democratic South Africa was taken and it led to the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

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Exactly 30 years ago today, a meeting between a prisoner and a state president set in motion the events that led to a democratic South Africa a couple of years later.

On 13 December, 1989, an imprisoned Nelson Mandela met with then-president F.W. de Klerk to discuss the future of the country.

The historic meeting was one of three that took place at De Klerk's office in Cape Town, South African History Online reported.

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Briefly.co.za learned De Klerk called the meeting with Madiba with the aim to discuss his release from prison and the legalisation of the ANC.

In February the following year, only months after their first meeting, the ban on the ANC was lifted and on the 11th of that month, Mandela was declared a free man.

Mandela's release from jail became one of the most historic events in South Africa - with photos showing the late father of the nation walking hand-in-hand with Winnie while the world watched.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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