"My friends, comrades, and fellow
South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy, and freedom for
"I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you,
the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to
be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your
"Today the majority of South
Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. It has to be
ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security."
"No individual leader
is able to take on this enormous task on his own. It is our task as leaders to
place our views before our organization and to allow the democratic structures
to decide on the way forward."
"On the question of democratic practice, I feel duty-bound to make the
point that a leader of the movement is a person who has been democratically
elected at a national conference. This is a principle which must be upheld
without any exceptions."
"It is our belief that the future of
our country can only be determined by a body which is democratically elected on
a non-racial basis."
"Negotiations on the dismantling of
apartheid will have to address the overwhelming demands of our people for a
democratic, non-racial and unitary South Africa."
"There must be an end to white
monopoly on political power and a fundamental restructuring of our political and
economic systems to ensure that the inequalities of apartheid are addressed and
our society thoroughly democratized."
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