South Africa: Any Week Now, Really

Any Week Now, Really

When Winnie Mandela appeared after a visit to her husband at the Victor Verster prison farm near Cape Town last week, she was radiant and smiling. For the first time Nelson Mandela had talked about making arrangements for his homecoming. According to family lawyer Dullah Omar, the black nationalist leader who has been imprisoned since 1962 was "buoyant, confident and raring to go."

While no date is set for Mandela's freedom, President F.W. de Klerk is almost certain to let him go within the next few weeks, possibly during the opening session of the South African parliament in early February. Mandela's...

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