Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cardiff on 16 June 1998.  

 

Here are some exerts from Nelson Mandela's speech in Cardiff.

 

"When the call for the international isolation of apartheid went out to the world, the people of Wales responded magnificently," he said.

"The knowledge that local authorities all over Wales were banning apartheid products from canteens and schools - and that the universities, the Welsh Rugby Union, and the choirs had cut their links - was a great inspiration to us in our struggle.

"So too was the contribution organised by Welsh workers. Action on such a scale could only flow from strong support by ordinary Welsh people on the ground.

"So we knew that the Wales Anti-Apartheid Movement spoke for a people who cared for our freedom as their own."