Mandela suspends talks in the wake of Boipatong Massacre

Sunday, 21 June 1992

African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela announced that he was suspending all talks with the Government in the wake of the killings in Boipatong. The ANC blamed President F.W. de Klerk for not doing enough to stop the violence and decided to withdraw from the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA). The organisation placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of De Klerk, who had declared recently in Japan, Tokyo, that his government had a plan to counter mass action. That plan included mobilisation of the army, the police and police reservists. Mandela requested the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, to call a special meeting of the Security Council to discuss the killings.

• Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.
• SAHO South African Constitution 1996 [online] Available at: [Accessed on 23 June 2013]

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