Sisulu: We Want Immediate Change

Want Immediate Change" Freed after 26 years in jail, a black leader talks to TIME about the future

Three days after his release from prison, Walter Sisulu met at his Soweto home with Johannesburg bureau chief Scott MacLeod. Sitting on a bed beside schoolbooks that belonged to his grandchildren, Sisulu began the interview only minutes after seven policemen departed. They had asked Sisulu to disperse groups of youngsters who were gathering outside. Excerpts:

Q. The police have just paid you a visit. Is there a problem?

A. That was General Viktor, the commander for this region. He was quite polite. He said it was time we wind things up. He doesn't want to be forced to act. I told...

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