South Africa election is 'on schedule'

President F W de Klerk and Nelson Mandela said that South Africa's first all-race election would take place on 27 April as planned despite recent setbacks, Reuter reports from Pretoria.

'That date is on schedule,' Mr Mandela told reporters at the African National Congress headquarters in Johannesburg. Mr De Klerk, speaking separately, said: 'I am convinced, not just hopeful but convinced, that the process will be seen through . . . that we will get an interim constitution which can be implemented from 27 April next year, through an election.' He said setbacks in achieving democracy were not insurmountable.