What’s the context? The release of Nelson Mandela, 11 February 1990
Posted by: Professor Patrick Salmon, Posted on: - Categories: Foreign affairs and diplomacy, Foreign Office Historians, What's the context? series
Nelson Mandela’s release on 11 February 1990, after 27 years in jail, symbolised the end of apartheid in South Africa. It was a tribute to one man’s endurance. It was also the result of decades of political, economic and social change that had brought apartheid to the brink of destruction.