President Mandela's Release, 20 Years On

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A bronze statue depicting former South African president Nelson Mandela as he walked to freedom in 1990 following his release after 27 years of incarceration. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

20 years ago, former South African President Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He had spent 27 years behind bars, and his release came early in South Africa’s transition from an apartheid regime to a multi-racial democracy. Today, South Africa commemorates Mandela's leaving Robben Island prison – but for some, this is a bittersweet anniversary.

We speak with Fatima Meer, a friend of Mandela's and author of "Higher Than Hope: The Authorized Biography of Nelson Mandela." She witnessed Mandela's release from prison. We also hear from James Robbings, BBC correspondent in South Africa.


Fatima Meer and James Robbins

Produced by:

Marine Olivesi

Comments [1]

Stephen Malagodi from Miami

Oy! Did John just say that the film "District 9" was about the liberation of Soweto?

It was the story of the forced relocation and demolition of District 6 in Cape Town.

Feb. 11 2010 09:44 AM

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