Nelson Mandela Speaks to Workers About the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa

by Nelson Mandela, The Africa Fund
with National Union of Mineworkers
New York, New York, United States
June 1991
Publisher: The Africa Fund
3 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Europe
Language: English
Pamphlet with excerpts of a major address by Nelson Mandela on April 27, 1991 to members of South Africa's largest and most powerful trade union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), at their seventh annual conference. He spoke against a backdrop of escalating political violence, a deteriorating climate for negotiations with the while minority government of F. W. de Klerk, and the worst economic crisis in decades; low gold prices have put half of the country’s vital gold mines - and hundreds of thousands of Black miners jobs - at risk. Mandela’s speech came just three days before the April 30 deadline for the release of all political prisoners, and less than two weeks before the May 9 deadline for effective government action against the violence - including the dismissal of police minister Adriaan Vlok and defense minister Magnus Malan; De Klerk's failure to meet either date has further weakened the faltering hopes for a negotiated end to apartheid. The pamphlet includes NUM RESOLUTION ON SANCTIONS. It discusses Inkatha, the Pretoria Minute, Black on Black violence, apartheid violence, death squads, the democratic mass-based movement, Justice Goldstone, the EEC (European Economic Community), General Van der Merwe, General Erasmus, Sebokeng, the anti-apartheid movement, and an investment code.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Africa Action Archive