Mandela agreed to suspend the armed struggle on this day 30 years ago

Mandela agreed to suspend the armed struggle on this day 30 years ago

- On this day 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela agreed with Joe Slove to end the armed struggle

- This decision has been hailed as one of the key reasons for the peaceful transition to democracy

- The Nelson Mandela Twitter page posted a picture commemorating this important day in South Africa's history

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On 24 July, 1990, Nelson Mandela made an important decision regarding the ANC's methods of combating the apartheid government. He took Joe Slovo's advice to end the armed struggle.

Joe Slovo was then the leader of the South African Communist Party and a commander of the ANC's military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). learned that the ANC and the government were involved in talks on a way forward out of apartheid and one of the major concessions that Slove championed was to suspend the armed struggle while negotiations were taking place.

Umkhonto we Sizwe, which means Spear of the Nation in Xhosa, was a movement whose mission was to take up arms against the apartheid government.

Mandela agreed to suspend the armed struggle on this day 30 years ago
Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo played a large role in South Africa's peaceful transition to democracy: Photo credit: Getty Images
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The @NelsonMandela Twitter page posted a picture commemorating the important day in South African history which no doubt led to the peaceful transition to democracy.

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Earlier, reported that United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has pinned South Africa's problems on apartheid.

He did this during the 18th annual Nelson Mandela lecture in New York virtually. The lecture was titled Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A New Social Contract for a New Era.

In other news, Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has some unusual theories over why the province forked over R10 million on a project to use motorbikes in the fight against Covid-19.

Speaking to Parliament, Gomba blamed the situation on apartheid, saying that the province had been adversely affected by the regime that ended over two decades ago:

“The pandemic came unexpectedly and presented itself in a new dynamic. It has also exposed the weaknesses of our health system, and that’s all down to the design of apartheid. Our people must be dragged in wheelbarrows to access health services.”

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