May 18, 1989 |
The segregated beach where mixed-race parliamentary leader Allan Hendrickse swam in defiance of apartheid two years ago has been opened to all races, an official said Wednesday. Provincial governor Gene Louw announced his decision to desegregate the beach in Port Elizabeth three days after President Pieter W. Botha named him successor to Constitutional Development Minister Chris Heunis. Louw last year overruled a decision by the Port Elizabeth City Council to open its beaches to all races.
January 5, 1987 |
Cabinet Minister Allan Hendrickse, the leader of the mixed-race branch of Parliament, led about 100 people of mixed race Sunday into the ocean at a whites-only beach in Port Elizabeth to protest apartheid. Hendrickse arrived at King's Beach, which is reserved for whites, wearing a swimsuit and robe. No white sunbathers were on the beach at the time.
January 22, 1987 |
The leader of the mixed-race House of Representatives in South Africa's tricameral Parliament publicly apologized Wednesday to President Pieter W. Botha for swimming at a "whites only" beach this month to protest continued racial segregation. Botha told a news conference later in Cape Town that the apology by the Rev.
February 24, 1990 |
Black nationalist leader Nelson R. Mandela met Friday with parliamentary opposition leaders at his home in the black township of Soweto, while more than 1,500 anti-apartheid demonstrators staged a pro-democracy protest in downtown Johannesburg. Officials of the Democratic Party, the main white anti-apartheid party, and the United Democratic Front, an anti-apartheid coalition, joined the leader of Parliament's mixed-race chamber in an hourlong discussion with Mandela.
April 5, 1990 |
Nelson R. Mandela flew to Cape Town to meet South African President Frederik W. de Klerk, who blamed the African National Congress for a snub by four black homeland leaders who boycotted talks with him today. Mandela, the ANC deputy president, arrived at De Klerk's Cape Town office this evening with three other ANC leaders for the guerrilla movement's first official talks with the white rulers it has opposed since its foundation in 1912.
June 10, 1987 |
President Pieter W. Botha today renewed South Africa's year-old state of emergency for up to another year. "The ordinary laws of the land are still not sufficient to curb the threat" to security and public order, Botha said in an address to a joint meeting of the white, Asian and mixed-race chambers of Parliament. "Taking account of the security of the republic and the maintainance of public order, I have therefore decided to again proclaim a state of emergency throughout the republic," he said.