Buthelezi claims key role in freeing Mandela

2015-02-03 12:30
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Cape Town - Former KwaZulu chief minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi roundly praised former president FW de Klerk for his role in freeing Nelson Mandela in 1990 - but claimed on Tuesday to have played a key role in convincing him to do it.

Buthelezi said the then government, led by De Klerk, and the Inkatha movement - now the Inkatha Freedom Party - had set up a committee to solve the political problems of the day prior to De Klerk's reform speech in 1990.

"I still admire Mr de Klerk (for) what he did in Parliament (that day, 2 February 1990)," Buthelezi said at the FW de Klerk Foundation/Konrad Adenauer constitutional conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1990 reform speech.


Buthelezi, who remains leader of the IFP and an MP, referred to the role he had played - with De Klerk - in freeing Mandela and unbanning the now ruling African National Congress.

"When Mr de Klerk approached me and said we must negotiate... (we had set up) a small committee with the National Party (De Klerk's then governing party), Inkatha.... and one of the non-negotiables was Mr Mandela and other (political) prisoners must be released.

"I must thank Mr de Klerk (for) being receptive to that," said Buthelezi.

Mischievous propaganda

Buthelezi - who served for 10 years in the ANC-led government as home affairs minister from 1994 to 2004 - said both De Klerk and he had been the victims of mischievous propaganda.

"There are (now) even arguments (against naming) a street (in Cape Town) after him... This is shameful ... after what Mr de Klerk did for us," said Buthelezi.

"All of us are the guardians of the truth," he charged, noting that the truth would emerge by a study of the historical facts "and the (positive) role played by former President FW de Klerk, Mandela and myself" in ending apartheid and ushering in democracy.

On 2 February 1990, 25 years ago, FW de Klerk announced the ending of apartheid, the end of what he earlier told delegates to the conference as "(political) domination", the unbanning of the ANC, PAC and SACP and the release of political prisoners including Nelson Mandela.

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