Unbanned 25 Years Ago

Shoeless Mandela went missing, ‘sipping tea’ on day of release

Mandela was found sipping tea with his shoes off in a quiet Cape Town home, his driver having made a detour to avoid the crowd outside the city hall.

FW de Klerk’s ‘quantum leap’: Did he jump or was he pushed?

The motives of the 'last apartheid president' can only be truly understood within a 20-year context.

Inkatha, too, paved the way to peaceful liberation

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) sought the greatest possible protection of human rights and the strongest possible constitutional democracy.

Unbanned and uncertain: How we found new purpose

The unbanning of political parties and the end of emergency media laws meant the Weekly Mail had to reassess its role.

In Lusaka, wary exiles dared to hope

Elation was tempered by fear and the sense that the unbanning was real came only when Mandela was released.

Liberty feels hollow when we are still economically incarcerated

With so many citizens trapped in poverty and hunger it is difficult to remember February?2 1990 today with the same feelings we had 25 years ago.

The magic of Madiba’s dual personality

Mandela was a far wilier politician, and could be less saintly, than some other portrayals would have us believe, writes Robin Renwick.

Apartheid police strike a last blow at freedom

The cops did not share in the jubilation when president FW de Klerk unbanned the liberation movements in 1990.

Peace with neighbours led to unbanning

A sequence of solutions – in Angola, Namibia and Mozambique – guaranteed democracy in SA.

Unbanned 25 years ago: Sharing a toilet with Tutu – that’s a first

The unbanning of political parties caught people unawares, but most can recall where they were.

The day that changed our lives

The sacrifices we made for the struggle were all validated in one speech by FW de Klerk.

Unbanned 25 years ago: The promise of the time hasn’t been fulfilled

It's 25 years since Madiba's release from prison and the unbanning of political parties. Former minister Mosibudi Mangena asks what's changed.

Press Releases

Boosting safety for cargo and drivers

The use of a telematics system for fleet vehicles has proved to be an important tool in helping to drive down costs and improve efficiency, says MiX Telematics Africa.

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

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South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020

Almost half (49%) of South Africans, 15 years and older, agree or strongly agree that they view 2020 with optimism.