Major political organisations sign the National Peace Accord calling for the laying down of arms to create an environment conducive for negotiations

Saturday, 14 September 1991

A National Peace Accord is signed by all major political organisations at a conference held at the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg. The Pan African Congress (PAC) and Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO) attend the proceedings, but refused to sign the accord, while right wing organisations refused to participate in the session.

The PAC and AZAPO endorsed the accord but declined to sign the agreement because they did not want to be part of any structure that included the government.

The peace accord called on all political parties to end political violence and lay down their weapons to create an environment conducive for free and fair negotiations. The PAC and AZAPO were not convinced that the political environment in South Africa was conducive for liberation armies to lay down their weapons.

Feature: 20th Century South Africa, the Liberation Struggle 

Reference:

  1. Wallis, F (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Cape Town: Human and Rousseau.

Last updated : 13-Sep-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011