TODAY IN HISTORY: The ANC is unbanned

By Drum Digital
02 February 2015

South Africa's President F.W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela and unbans the ANC and 60 other political organisations

By promising to free Mandela and unban political organizations on the 2nd February 1990, some scholars have argued that de Klerk narrowly averted a civil war that would have been severely detrimental to the country and the region as a whole.

The decision taken by de Klerk was not an easy one, as he faced opposition not only from the political opponents, but also from his own party.

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