October 17, 1992 |
Ignoring objections from the African National Congress, President Frederik W. de Klerk proposed a new law Friday that will give him the power to grant amnesty to members of his own security forces and others who may have committed political crimes.
October 13, 1992 |
Maj. H.A.K. van Niekerk, the spit-and-polish warden of Robben Island's maximum-security prison, greeted his visitor with a formal handshake and led the way without a word. Large keys were produced, unlocking four steel doors as Van Niekerk marched deep into his prison. Finally, he stopped at Section B, Cell No. 6. The cell's iron bar door stood ajar. "This was his cell," Van Niekerk said. His cell? "Yes. Nelson Mandela's cell," the major added.
October 5, 1992 |
On a Saturday night in 1986, Robert McBride parked a car loaded with 110 pounds of explosives in front of a busy tavern on Durban's beachfront. It exploded precisely at 10:15, killing three young women and angering millions of white South Africans. In the week since McBride and 150 other political prisoners walked free from prison, many South Africans have had trouble putting their country's bloody past behind them.
September 26, 1992 |
In an important breakthrough in the country's stalled peace process, President Frederik W. de Klerk agreed Friday to free 150 political prisoners, including those convicted of murdering whites, clearing the way for a summit today with Nelson Mandela.
December 14, 1991 |
Authorities released two more of the so-called Sharpeville Six, originally sentenced to death in 1985 for "sharing common purpose" in a political murder. Those freed were Theresa Ramashemola, 31, and Reid Mokoena, 29. Two of the six were released earlier this year, and two are still in jail.
July 9, 1991 |
President Bush is expected to announce this week that he is lifting all U.S. economic sanctions against South Africa, Administration officials said Monday. According to a senior official, Secretary of State James A. Baker III has completed a review of the situation of political prisoners in South Africa, a final issue to be resolved before sanctions can be lifted under U.S. law.