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Jon Huntsman for President
4 years before he became President.
3 years before he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Why did Madiba not renounce violence at that point?
Because they were up against a government who's response to non violent protests for the last 30 years was savage attacks against unarmed civillians.
Even against School children in the case of the Soweto uprisings of 1976 when Police opened fire using live ammunition on SCHOOL KIDS.
It was pressure from his party who had been on the outside for so long.
And worse still, was the allegations that came to light that elements of the police force were arming favoured factions of tribes to fight eachother in the cases of the Boipatong massacre and various other incidents.
It was when things seemed ready to spill over, that Madiba stepped up to the plate.
In Natal, apartheid is a deadly cancer in our midst, setting house against house, and eating away at the precious ties that bound us together. This strife among ourselves wastes our energy and destroys our unity. My message to those of you involved in this battle of brother against brother is this: take your guns, your knives, and your pangas, and throw them into the sea! Close down the death factories. End this war now!During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.Do not speak about things you don't understand.We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity — a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.