June 28, 1997 |
For almost 15 months now, the horrors have gushed forth in hundreds of hearings before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the panel created to record the agony and ordeal of the victims of apartheid--and to provide legal immunity or pardons to those who confess to its crimes. Weeping survivors, including children, have told nightmarish tales of pain and persecution. Police have admitted to murder. Politicians have confessed to terrorist bombings.
August 22, 1996 |
In the four months since this nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission began investigating the apartheid era, hundreds of victims and survivors have described in agonizing detail how successive white, racist governments used murder, torture and other atrocities to oppress the black majority and keep a tight grip on power. Many pleaded, often in tears, simply for an explanation as to who had ordered such gruesome abuses, and why. On Wednesday, the white former president, Frederik W.
May 14, 1996 |
After the real or imagined lives of Richard Nixon, Josef Stalin and other world leaders became grist for Hollywood's mill, it was just a matter of time before Nelson Mandela got the treatment. So now comes Mandela the movie. Two movies, in fact. The first, tentatively titled "One Man, One Vote," stars Sidney Poitier as Mandela, the political prisoner who became South Africa's first black president and a global icon of freedom. Michael Caine co-stars as Frederik W.
May 10, 1996 |
Less than 24 hours after the adoption of a historic constitution, apartheid's white former rulers said they will withdraw from President Nelson Mandela's coalition government and enter a new era as the country's main opposition. National Party leader and Deputy President Frederik W. de Klerk and six Cabinet members will depart June 30 after two years of power-sharing, but the party will retain its 82 seats in the 490-member Parliament.
January 20, 1995 |
Although they shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for jointly steering South Africa from apartheid to democracy, Nelson Mandela and Frederik W. de Klerk have always been adversaries, not friends. But rarely before has their bickering been so public, or so serious.
May 3, 1994 |
From the beginning, many blacks and whites doubted Frederik W. de Klerk's promises. How, they asked, could this white man, this scion of an Afrikaner family who helped maintain apartheid, put an end to the system of racial separation? But no doubters were left in South Africa on Monday, when De Klerk, misty-eyed, his voice choking slightly, conceded to Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress leader whom he released from prison four years ago.