20 years, not that long ago. Frederik Willem De Klerk announced the unbanning of the ANC, PAC, S.A.Communist Party and a host of other political and labour groups, also that Nelson Mandela would be released from his incarceration.
Today’s youth don’t know any different. I was with a 30 year old yesterday he has no recollections of life under the National Party.
In one way it’s mission accomplished for our children, not being the pariah of the world, life without sanctions, no national service, travel anywhere they want to, international sporting events that we not only couldn’t compete in but even watch.
It was of course only after four long years of negotiations, an attempted uprising by the Afrikaner right, the assassination of Chris Hani, numerous walk outs, mass demos and general chaos that we eventually got to vote in a new government.