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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Rebecca Davies.]

Thirty years after Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison to address crowds at Cape Town’s Grand Parade, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a special anniversary event at the same location. Among the gathered dignitaries was Mandela’s fellow Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg, who believes that this is an especially fraught moment for South Africa.

Three decades after Nelson Mandela made his first public appearance as a free man at Cape Town’s Grand Parade, one of the comrades sentenced alongside Mandela at the Rivonia Trial pointed at the steps outside City Hall from his wheelchair.

“Nelson made his speech on that balcony, and he thanked the people of South Africa for setting him free. He did not thank the government,” 86-year-old Denis Goldberg told Daily Maverick.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
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