South Africa twenty years after Mandela walked to freedom

Talk Wednesday 10th February, 2010

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Twenty years ago Nelson Mandela walked free after serving 27 years of a life sentence.
As vice president of the African National Congress Party, Nelson Mandela and seven of his comrades were imprisoned in June 1964 for their opposition to the government.
The relaxation of Apartheid laws including the lifting of the ban on the ANC by South African President FW De Klerk paved the way for the release of Nelson Mandela who went on to become President in 1994 and was credited with leading black people towards reconciliation.
On the anniversary of his release the Frontline Club will be looking at the South Africa of today and discussing how it compares with the hopes and dreams of 20 years ago.

With Alec Russell, World News Editor of the Financial Times and author of After Mandela: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa; John Battersby, UK Country Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa and co-author of Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs; Patrick Smith, editor of Africa Confidential and Gibril Faal, Chairman, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD).
Moderated by George Alagiah, BBC news presenter.