Mandela and De Klerk Speak Out

In exclusive interviews, South Africa's black and white leaders both profess optimism about a multiracial future


Q. How important a milestone is the setting of the election date?

A. This decision to have an election by April 27 introduces an element of irreversibility. It is a landmark.

Q. Is it a safe assumption that you will be the next President of South Africa?

A. (Chuckling) Some of the young men would not agree with you because they all want to be President. The opinion polls say that if elections were held today, the A.N.C. would probably win by an outright majority. It is then for the A.N.C. to decide who should be President. We have...

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