Item 1440 - Statement on alleged talks betweeen Mandela and PW : Statement on alleged talks between President Nelson Mandela and Mr PW Botha

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ZA COM MR-S-1440


Statement on alleged talks betweeen Mandela and PW : Statement on alleged talks between President Nelson Mandela and Mr PW Botha


  • 1998-04-16 (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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The Office of the President would like to correct the false impression in the media that President Nelson Mandela had spoken with Mr PW Botha in the past 48 hours and tried to persuade him to change his attitude and still appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

President Mandela last spoke to Mr PW Botha late in 1997. At the time, President Mandela even offered to accompany Mr Botha to the hearings of the TRC. The suggestion was rejected by Mr Botha.

As such Mr Botha elected deliberately to break the law. The President followed negotiations between the TRC and Mr Botha on Tuesday with keen interest and welcomed them; but he was at no stage involved.

The President has already indicated through his own actions that no South African is above the law and that those who invite the might of the law upon themselves despite the extended generosity of the South African people must bear the full consequences of their actions.

Issued by the Office of the President 16 April 1998

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Acquisition method: Hardcopy ; Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation. Accessioned on 08/02/2010 by Zintle Bambata




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