Editor’s Note

The Journal of Electronic Publishing Vol 13 Issue 3, 2010-12-01

On January 17, 1990, the American consulate in Cape Town sent a cable to the U. S. Secretary of State reporting on the imminent announcement of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years. Three years later Mandela would receive the Nobel Peace Prize; four years later he would become President of South Africa. The diplomatic cable, reporting on conversations with Mandela’s lawyer, made it clear that Mandela and then South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk were working together toward Mandela’s release and the end apartheid. The words in the cable suggest admiration for Mandela’s leadership of the African National Congress, the anti-apartheid group: