In the summer of 1987, representatives of the South African liberation organization ANC in exile met in Dakar with a group of “white” opposition members from South Africa around Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert. The goal of their meeting was to discuss possibilities for a dialogue between white and black South Africans in order to achieve a peaceful overcoming of apartheid.
With this book, Ulrich van der Heyden for the first time analyses the process started in Dakar which today is all but fogotten despite its historical significance. He examines the background and the course of the meeting in Dakar, the partly secret follow-up conferences as well as the results of the talks. In the appendix, important documents about the conferences in Dakar and Leverkusen can be found, some of which were never before published.
Van der Heyden shows that the discussions started in Dakar paved the way to a peaceful overcoming of apartheid, as they built trust und broke the cycle of violence.
185 Pages, Softcover, Date of Publication: Spring 2018, Format: 14,8 x 21 cm
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