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ANC President Nelson Mandela with Michael Manley, ex-Prime Minister of Jamaica and leader of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) to the first post-apartheid elections in South Africa in 1994.

Image of ANC President Nelson Mandela with Michael Manley, ex-Prime Minister of Jamaica and leader of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) to the first post-apartheid elections in South Africa in 1994.

South Africa rejoins the Commonwealth

1994

South Africa rejoins The Commonwealth following the end of apartheid. 

“The Commonwealth was proud to have been so closely associated with the cause of ending apartheid, for which Nelson Mandela sacrificed so many years of his life in prison. South Africa’s return to the Commonwealth family - under Mr Mandela’s leadership in 1994 - was a moment of joy and vindication, and one which has greatly enriched our association" - Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma in a speech that marked the 20 year anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from incarceration.