- Sunday marks 30 years since former president FW de Klerk told Parliament change was coming
- Politicians heard of the drastic reforms ahead, including the release of political prisoners
- The African National Congress and other key parties were unbanned, a hint of what was to come
Thirty years ago, former president, FW de Klerk helped reign in a tide of change that would later sweep the nation.
After years of persecution, Parliament heard how the ANC, Pan-Africanist Congress and South African Communist Party would be unbanned.
This would allow for the release of political prisoners like the iconic late former president Nelson Mandela.
The reforms would mark the beginning of the end for the apartheid regime and the start of democracy in South Africa at long last.
Among other key reforms, a moratorium on the dealth penalty was announced and the state of emergency was lifted.
After nearly three decades in prison, Mandela would be released just over a week later, reports eNCA.
Economic Freedom Fighter deputy president Floyd Shivambu weighed in on the anniversary:
"The 2nd of Feb 2020 marks 30 yrs since De Klerk announced the unbanning of liberation movements & release of political prisoners. This he did because the apartheid economic edifice was not under threat, & he knew that change of political power didn’t threaten white privilege."
Shivambu followed this claim up with a quote out of the historic address, adding:
"De Klerk said, “The collapse, particularly of the economic system in Eastern Europe, also serves as a warning to those who insist on persisting with it in Africa. Those who seek to force this failure of a system on SA, should engage in a total revision of their point of view”."
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