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The secret negotiations started in and culminated in , when both parties agreed to hold official negotiations to abolish apartheid. The negotiations came about in an unusual way. Michael Young, who was then the chief of public affairs and communications for Consolidated Goldfields, believed something needed to be done to stabilize South Africa, which at the time was embroiled in growing violence and repression. Young recruited both Mbeki and Esterhuyse, and convinced them to engage in secret negotiations on neutral ground in England.
No one was to know about the talks and Consolidated Goldfields was not to be implicated.
Endgame: Secret Talks and the End of Apartheid by Willie Esterhuyse
The meetings start with an agreed agenda, in which the first order of business is to find out what demands, hopes and fears each side has. The ANC want to end apartheid and have majority rule. The government wants assurances that the ANC will stop the increasing violence. Complicating the negotiations was that during the first phase, which took place under the Botha government, government negotiators did not bring anything to the table.
Later, when de Klerk took office, the negotiations were able to proceed because de Klerk government was able to offer to free Mandela.
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What did you think? Upcoming seminars. Edition 1st ed. Imprint Cape Town : Tafelberg, Physical description p. Online Available online. Full view. Green Library.
A8 E88 Unknown. More options. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents Two telephone calls Between the iron fist and dialogue: the political context Hospital visits and secret meetings: Mandela, Coetsee and Barnard Talks in the basement Thabo Mbeki joins the dialogue Mells Park: "Consensus is not just a dream" Flittwick: funeral for apartheid? Summary Willie Esterhuyse tells the full story of behind-the-scenes encounters between ANC leaders and a select few Afrikaners in the turbulent eighties.
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