South Africa Elects Cyril Ramaphosa As Its New President

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CAPE TOWN, May 9 -- The power that had belonged to whites since they first settled on this cape years ago passed today to a Parliament as diverse as any in the world, a cast of proud survivors who began their work by electing Nelson Mandela to be the first black president of South Africa.

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Urging Parliament to pass the bill that would ratify the country's new constitution , Ramaphosa delivered an impassioned speech in defense of universal human rights. Namespaces Article Talk. Mandela entered the chamber with his arm around his predecessor, F. Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, Mr".

Mandela is Named President, Closing the Era of Apartheid

After his death was announced, his life was remembered and celebrated in South Africa as well as around the world. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Passing along the once forbidden corridors, the tortured and exiled gawked at stiffly heroic paintings of the Afrikaners who have run the country since Directory of sites. Although Nelson had a claim to the chieftainship, he renounced it in order to become a lawyer.

James Motlatse, center, head of the National Union of Mineworkers, and Cyril Ramaphosa, right, general secretary of the union, join hands in singing the national anthem with miners in August after union members voted to continue a strike by gold and coal miners until their demands were met.

Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in for their efforts. Alternating sovereignty as a result of wars culminated in the Vereeniging Treaty signed in which concluded the South African War.

Nelson Mandela died on December 5, , in Johannesburg. Lesson Plan Archive. Malan Strijdom Verwoerd. With the ANC banned in South Africa and operating from headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia, remainees were left to fight apartheid on the ground in the few ways they could.

The following July, police raided an ANC hideout in Rivonia, a suburb on the outskirts of Johannesburg, and arrested a racially diverse group of MK leaders who had gathered to debate the merits of a guerilla insurgency. Close menu. South African Supreme Court of Appeal.