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The signing of the Republic of South Africa's Constitution in May 1996 ushered in a new era of democracy two years after the country’s historic first election and the installation of President Nelson Mandela.
Translation: 3rd special edition, Saturday, November 9th 1918 Vorwärts (Forward), Berliner Volksblatt (Berlin People's Gazette) - Central publication of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Workers, Soldiers, Fellow Citizens! The Free People's State is here! Kaiser and crown prince have abdicated!
Soft Vengeance is about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. This version was created for use by Facing History and Ourselves.
Sol Plaatje was the co-founder of the African National Congress (ANC). As an activist and politician, he spent much of his life fighting for the enfranchisement and liberation of the South African people.
The collapse of apartheid and the implementation of a democratic government in South Africa was regionally supported by a group of southern African states called the Frontline States. (The Democratic Republic of Congo, pictured here, was not supportive of the liberation.)