Thursday, 11 February 2010

On this date: Mandela released

Twenty years ago today, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison. Today he was scheduled to take part in a symbolic walk from the prison gates accompanied by, among others, his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, President Jacob Zuma and members of his own family, but only yesterday the increasingly frail ex-President cancelled his attendance.
Recently Frederik Willem de Klerk gave an interview to the Guardian about his decision twenty years ago to free Mandela:

The statue picture above stands in Parliament Square in London.

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