n Journal for Contemporary History - The national peace accord and police reform in South Africa : the role of the Police Board as an interim policy mechanism, 1992-1994




In February 1990, the South African President FW de Klerk set in motion a public political process that would result in a negotiated transition to democratic, constitutional rule. The Groote Schuur Minute on the freedom of political prisoners and the return of exiles was signed in May 1990. In August 1990, the Pretoria Minute followed. In terms of this Minute the African National Congress (ANC) suspended the armed struggle. Signatories to the Minute agreed, in principle, to joint monitoring and control of the South African Police (SAP) and other security forces.


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