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National Consultative Conference

14 -16 December 1990

The ANC`s National Consultative Conference was held in Johannesburg from 14 till 16 December 1990.

It ranks in importance with such historic moments as the Congress of the People convened in June 1955; the Defiance Campaigns of 1952 and 1989; the launching of the United Democratic Front in 1983; the release of Nelson Mandela on February 11, 1990.

The drama began with the return of the ANC President, Oliver Reginald Tambo, to South Africa. He landed in Johannesburg on 13 December 1990 the day before the Consultative Conference began.

The national leadership of the ANC was present in full force. So was the leadership of Umkhonto we Sizwe. There were representatives from the camps of MK, from ANC international missions, the Women`s League, the Youth League, COSATU, the SACP and the UDF.

Fraternal organisations, diplomats, a high-level delegation representing the Zambian government, deputations from homeland administrations, local and international media – all had gathered to witness and record this momentous occasion.

A dedicated team of administrative staff worked round the clock to ensure that conference proceedings continued smoothly.

After the Consultative Conference was finished the ANC held a rally at Soccer City in Soweto which was addressed by both Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.