Why FW de Klerk let Nelson Mandela out of prison | World news | The Guardian

On 11 February 1990, the then president of South Africa, FW de Klerk, took the fateful decision to release Nelson Mandela, the charismatic hero of the struggle against apartheid. Twenty years on, he talks about the circumstances that led him to set the world’s most famous political prisoner free, launching a new era in a divided country
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