Soweto, 10 February, 1985

Nelson Mandela,

Nelson Mandela, “In my country we go to prison first and then become president”

My father says,

What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned?
What freedom am I being offered when I may be arrested on a pass offense?
What freedom am I being offered to live my life as a family with my dear wife, who remains in banishment in Brandfort?
What freedom am I being offered when I must ask for permission to live in an urban area?
What freedom am I being offered when I need a stamp on my pass to seek work?
What freedom am I being offered when my very South African citizenship is not respected?
Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

My father says,

I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when you, the people, and I are not free
Your freedom and mine cannot be separated
I will return
Power to the people!

Zindziswa (Zindzi) Nobutho Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela. Jabulani Stadium, Soweto, on 10 February, 1985

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