Full-Length Video

Feature Video

Mandela is Released
February 11, 1990

Duration: 00:20:39

People: Mcebisi Skwatsha, Whitey Jacobs, Nelson Mandela, Cyril Ramaphosa, Bulelani Ngcuka, Winnie Mandela, Trevor Manuel, Saki Macozoma, Oscar Mpeta, Hilda Ndude, Dali Mpofu, Walter Sisulu

Description: Interviews with the public regarding Nelson Mandela's release and footage of the gathered crowd outside Victor Verster Prison awaiting his release. [00:08] Footage of Mandela appearing in public for the first time, escorted by Cyril Ramaphosa, former political and trade union activist and leading businessman. [03:19] Shots of Whitey Jacobs, MEC for Sports and Art, [03:40] Mcebisi Skwatsha, ANC Western Cape Provincial Secretary, [04:28] and Bulelani Ngcuka, first national Director of Public Prosecutions in South Africa, walking with Winnie and Nelson Mandela. [04:37] Footage of the excited crowds, crowd control, and the Mandelas' travel to and arrival in Cape Town. [05:07] Trevor Manuel speaks with Saki Macozoma, leading businessman, and police. [09:38] Shot of Oscar Mpeta, ANC veteran, in a red car, and footage of people toyi-toying in celebration. [10:32] Additional shots of Whitey Jacobs, Hilda Ndude (former MP and current high profile business woman) and Bulelani Ngcuka, some of ANC Western Cape leadership. [13:44] Footage of a praise singer citing a poem for Mandela [13:55] SABC head Dali Mpofu clears the way. [16:06] Footage of Mandela and Jesse Jackson inside Cape Town City Hall [18:24] Mandela's first public speech after his release, with Walter Sisulu on his right side, and Cyril Ramaphosa holding the microphone. [20:34]

Short Clips

"I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands." 00:01:43
Description: Nelson Mandela’s first public speech after his release from prison, followed by footage of Nelson and Winnie Mandela walking hand in hand and crowds celebrating his release.