Press statement by Nelson Mandela in response to the call made by King Goodwill Zwelithini to end violence

20 May 1993

On behalf of the African National Congress and in my own name, I would like to express our profound understanding for the concern shown by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini for a speedy end to the violence which has claimed the lives of thousands of our people.

In response to His Majesty's call, and in appreciation of his initiative, I would like to assure his majesty of my readiness to meet with Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi with an aim to address all aspects contributing to the current violence.

We hope that His Majesty's good officers will facilitate the proposed meeting as soon as possible.

We are convinced that through this initiative and the co-operation of all concerned we can move closer to finding a lasting solution to our country's problems.

Our people and country yearn for peace which is the main condition for a speedy democratic transformation of our society.

This initiative by His Majesty, in King Goodwill Zwelithini, is indeed a positive step and must be supported by all who value peace.

Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation