The 30th anniversary of the release of South African leader Nelson Mandela is commemorated
This Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of the release of South African leader Nelson Mandela, after 27 years in prison for facing the discriminatory system of racial segregation of apartheid.
“I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. Therefore, I put the remaining years of my life in your hands. Today, most South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. It has to be finished by our decisive and own mass action, for the construction of peace and security”, Madiba said in his historic speech, out of prison, on February 11, 1990.
Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 on charges of being the highest leader of the African National Congress. From his release, he undertook with courage and conviction the way to definitively end “apartheid” in South Africa, and integrate, reconcile and build a new nation; work that granted him, along with the then president Frederik de Klerk, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.