The ANC and Government accept the Pretoria Minute


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Monday, 6 August 1990

The Pretoria Minute is agreed upon by the government and the African National Congress (ANC), concerning release of political prisoners, return of exiles, obstacles in the Internal Security Act and suspension of violence by the ANC. The ANC later learned that the Pretoria Minute was not binding on Homelands government. Homelands like Bophutatswana were not willing to accept the Pretoria Minute and the South African government was unwilling to put pressure on these governments to accept them. As a result, the ANC considered the possibility of continuing military campaign in Bophutatswana.

• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
• African National Congress, 'The Pretoria Minute', from African National Congress,[Online], Available at,[Accessed: 02 August 2013]

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