'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.
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.