Item 1576 - Statement by Nelson Mandela on the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa

Identity area

Reference code

ZA COM MR-S-1576


Statement by Nelson Mandela on the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa


  • 1995-11-11 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

Context area

Name of creator

(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

Biographical history

Archival history

Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

On 10 November 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight others were executed in Nigeria

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area



I have received with deep shock the news of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni leaders.

If this is in fact the case, this heinous act by the Nigerian authorities flies in the face of appeals by the world community for a stay of execution. It also puts into question the commitment of the Nigerian military regime to the democratisation of Nigerian society.

In view of this latest development, the South African delegation at the Commonwealth Conference will recommend the expulsion of Nigeria from the Commonwealth pending the installation of a democratic government. The South African Government will also recommend that similar steps be taken by other international bodies, so as to strengthen the international community's solidarity with the Nigerian people.

The South African Government is recalling its High Commissioner from Lagos for urgent consultations.

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Acquisition method: Hardcopy ; Source: Transcribed by NMF. Accessioned on by Rivo and Themba




Accession area

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places