11 February 1999

President Mandela's Last State of the Nation Address

An Account and a Tribute

"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die". These were the words of Nelson Mandela when he was standing in the dock at the Rivonia Trial, in the face of a possible death sentence or life imprisonment.

And these were the words of his long-time friend and comrade, former ANC President, Oliver Tambo: "that Mandela is imprisoned not for his personal defiance of apartheid law but because he asserted the claims of a whole people living and dying under the most brutal system of race rule the world knows."

Before that, the late Tambo said of Nelson Mandela: " His inspiration lives on in the heart of every African patriot. He is the symbol of the self-sacrificing leadership our struggle has thrown up and our people need. He is unrelenting, yet capable of flexibility and delicate judgment. He is an outstanding individual.

President Nelson Mandela - The Person

His Achievements as the President of the first Democratic and Unitary South Africa

Jobs, Houses, Education and Crime - ANC 1994 Election Manifesto Promises

What does the future hold - the Legacy of a Legend

Tribute to a Great Leader