Mandela’s legacy for Northern Ireland

Frederik de Klerk with Nelson Mandela — World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 1992 by Copyright World Economic Forum ( is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Days after Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 I went to a massive welcome home rally at Soccer City — the stadium on the outskirts of Soweto that would host the World Cup final two decades later.

The day was one of unparalleled elation. I remember people walking for miles to see Mandela. As I neared the stadium in my old Toyota, people started to jump on the car exhausted from walking. I arrived at…