The myth around the SADF was broken here. Coupled with the internal struggles of South Africa, and the external pressure, this battlefield defeat made negotiations possible. It made the independence of Namibia possible and consequently this week's historic elections. To write
. . . apartheid , unlike the Berlin Wall, has undergone a calculated collapse. Mr Mandela began it with his secret talks with the government while he was still in prison in the late Eighties . . .
is a bit simplistic.
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