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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Van Der Merwe, Fanie

One of the 4-man team who met with Mandela in the 1980s, he was at the time Director General of Prisons. He was a senior civil servant but emerged as one of the earliest and most passionate converts to majority rule. He was De Klerk's chief constitutional advisor.

Van der Merwe was part of the government delegation at Groote Schuur meeting in 1990 and was in charge of the overall management of the negotiations at the World Trade Centre along with Mac Maharaj.

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