A Desire to Help Its Neighbors: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela on South Africa's new role

The security around President-elect Nelson Mandela last week neatly captured the country's new mood: his African National Congress bodyguards mixed easily with his white, Afrikaans-speaking government agents, exchanging black-power handshakes and chatting amiably. Three days before his inauguration, Mandela talked in Cape Town with Time deputy managing editor John Stacks, Johannesburg bureau chief Scott MacLeod and correspondent Peter Hawthorne.

TIME: U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has called on African nations to supply a peacekeeping force for Rwanda. Will South Africa take part?

Mandela: Our security forces are at present overstretched. But the fact that ((Zulu leader Mangosuthu)) Buthelezi is now participating ((in...

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