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Archival Interviews with Role Players in South Africa’s Constitutional Negotiations

2 Feb 2015 - 12:45
Frederik de Klerk and Nelson Mandela shake hands at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos in January 1992.
Frederik de Klerk and Nelson Mandela shake hands at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos in January 1992. Copyright World Economic Forum CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

2 February marks the 25th anniversary of President FW de Klerk’s announcement at the Opening of Parliament that he would release Nelson Mandela from prison and unban political organisations to pave the way for constitutional negotiations.

Special Collections and Archives holds an extensive collection of transcripts of interviews conducted by Patti Waldmeir with a wide range of role players in the constitutional negotiations for the writing of her book Anatomy of a miracle: The end of apartheid and the birth of the new South Africa (1998). These include interviews with De Klerk, Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Roelf Meyer, Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma and many others. The transcripts form part of the Herman Giliomee Papers (reference BC1070) and have been listed alphabetically according to the interviewees in the finding aid.