Mandela to be released from prison

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Mandela to be released from prison After 27 years, leader to be freed today CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Nelson Mandela, the symbol of South African blacks' struggle for equality, will become a free man today, President F.W. de Klerk announced. De Klerk said Saturday he hoped the long-awaited release would halt decades of racial conflict and clear the way for negotiations that would extend political rights to the black majority. Mandela has spent 27 years in prison for fighting white-minority rule. The release "will bring us to the end of a long chapter," de Klerk said. "There can no longer be any doubt about the government's sincerity in seeking to create a just dispensation based on negotiations." Six anti-apartheid activists conferred with Mandela about logistics df the release. They said the 71-year- old black leader and his family would ride to freedom in a bulletproof car through the gates of Victor Verster prison farm outside Cape Town. De Klerk said he met with Mandela Friday night and was convinced the prisoner, jailed for helping launch the African National Congress* guerrilla campaign, was "committed to a peaceful solution." The government released a photograph of the two leaders at their South African President F.W. de Klerk (left) and Nelson Mandela pose for a picture Friday. meeting — the first picture of Mandela made available to the public since the 1960s. He is shown next to de Klerk, hands folded in front, a big smile on his face. Mandela's freedom has been a longstanding demand of black leaders in South Africa, as well as governments and human rights groups abroad, and the decision drew immediate international praise. In Johannesburg and its main black township, Soweto, blacks (See De Klerk, Page 9)

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 11 Feb 1990, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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