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When a young Cyril Ramaphosa and his ANC comrades faced Roelf Meyer and his National Party colleagues in the early 1990s to negotiate a democratic settlement for SA, it was not a meeting of equals. It was a meeting of those who were right and those who were wrong.

The Nats, in power for nearly half a century, had ruthlessly implemented the racist apartheid system which was condemned across the globe as a crime against humanity. The ANC, in exile for decades, had fought for a nonracial, democratic, nonsexist, unitary state...

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