Item 111 - Response by ANC President, Nelson Mandela, to President De Klerk's Memorandum

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Response by ANC President, Nelson Mandela, to President De Klerk's Memorandum


  • 1992-07-04 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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Response to FW de Klerk's memorandum

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I have received the response of Mr. F.W. de Klerk to a memorandum which I addressed to him on the 26th June, 1992. I enclosed the statement of the Emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the ANC adopted on the 23rd June, 1992.

In my Memorandum and the statement of the ANC we pointed out that South Africa is on the brink of disaster for which we hold the NP government entirely responsible. Specific and concrete demands were made to Mr. F.W. de Klerk as a means of finding a way out of the impasse.

These demands related to two crucial aspects:

Firstly, the deadlock in the negotiating process because of the refusal by the NP government to move together with all of us in the process of truly democratising South Africa. Our fundamental position in this regard is that we cannot accept an undemocratic constitution aimed at addressing the fears of a minority party about its own future at the cost of democracy. This is at the root of the negotiations deadlock. It is for this reason that we focussed attention on the Constituent Assembly. We are clear in our demands that the NP government abandon positions directed at subverting the sovereignty of the Constituent Assembly, which include subjecting it to a veto by a second house and ensuring that a minority in the Constituent Assembly shall be able to frustrate an overwhelming majority.

Secondly, with regards to the violence in our country our demands centred on three aspects:

Ensuring that the direct and indirect involvement of the NP government, it's surrogates, the security forces and police are brought to an end forthwith.
Ensuring that the De Klerk government immediately implement agreements reached with the ANC more than a year ago on curbing violence.
The establishment of an international commission of inquiry into the Boipatong massacre and all acts of violence as well as the international monitoring of violence.

In communicating with Mr. F.W. de Klerk we made it crystal clear that "(his) response and practical steps

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Acquisition method: From website ; Source: ANC Website. Accessioned on 9 Nov 2006 by Helen Joannides




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