FW De Klerk - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Welcome to the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project. Our aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment.
This photo of President Mandela and me was taken in the Parliament of South Africa on a special occasion – the celebration on 10 May 2004 of the tenth anniversary of South Africa’s new democratic constitutional dispensation. It was a very special moment, reflecting also the friendship which had developed between two former opponents. To me it carries a powerful message of reconciliation.
In my speech on that occasion, I reminded Parliament of the historic agreements that opened the way to the New South Africa, that averted a catastrophe and that created a new South Africa, offering hope and justice to all its people.
I urged all South Africans to join hands to tackle economic and social transformation – just as we had joined hands years earlier to tackle the constitutional transformation of our country. I called on them to meet the challenge of bringing real justice and equity to all our people and to make our wonderful country a shining example to the rest of the world.
Quote: "It was a very special moment, reflecting also the friendship which had developed between two former opponents."
Collection: Moments with a Legend