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Mandela Says No Delay in April Election

March 8, 1994

THOHOYANDOU, South Africa (AP) _ The African National Congress won’t consider any delay of the nation’s first all-race election, Nelson Mandela said today.

Groups opposing the April 26-28 election want it postponed to allow further negotiations and international mediation of their demands for autonomous or independent states in post-apartheid South Africa.

But Mandela, whose ANC is expected to win the election, told a news conference that ″there is no possibility whatsoever of us shifting on this stance. If we did that, even our own members of the ANC would hang us.″

Mandela repeated his rejection of a whites-only homeland demanded by right- wing whites.

He also condemned Lucas Mangope, president of the Bophuthatswana black homeland, which has allied itself with pro-apartheid whites in seeking autonomy. The ANC plans to reincorporate Bophuthatswana and nine other tribal homelands into South Africa after the election, but Mangope has vowed to resist.

Mandela accused Mangope of refusing to allow free political activities and called on the South African government to cut funding to the homeland.

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