Saturday 25 February 2017

Ivan Fallon: Shackles of apartheid torn off in one pivotal moment

Ivan Fallon

'It was a breathtaking moment, for in one sweeping action he had virtually normalised the situation in South Africa'

CAPE Town on Friday, February 2, 1990, 20 years ago today, was an extraordinary place to be.

Everyone seemed to be there. The world's press had descended on South Africa's coastal capital in expectation of what would be the biggest news story of the year. As the day wore on, they concentrated outside the State Parliament where a momentous event was expected to be announced. In Greenmarket Square and along Grand Parade in the heart of the city, wealthy young whites mixed happily with black demonstrators carrying the black, green and gold flags of the banned African National Congress (ANC) party.

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