Africa: What's Left of Nelson Mandela's Gratitude to Africa?

On February 2 1990, South Africa's then-president Frederik Willem de Klerk gave a speech that shocked and angered the white ruling minority and triggered a wave of excitement among the millions who had been denied their rights.

"I wish to put it plainly that the government has taken a firm decision to release Mr. Mandela unconditionally," de Klerk told parliament.

That decision put the country with a decades-old record of violent oppression and resistance on a new trajectory.

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