Hardy Botha: Dakar
Botha was present at the talks in Dakar, and on his return to South Africa he felt optimistic for the future. He realised that he did not have to wait for "the revolution" to start living in a post-Apartheid way. In his print, he depicts the Slave House on the Ile de Goree, just off the coast of Dakar, where all the figures are grouped. In the background is the Gate of No Return, which leads out to sea. If a slave died or wanted to leave, sharks would meet them on the other side. The two men shaking hands are veteran human rights crusader and theologian Beyers Naude and publicity officer (and present vice-president) Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki said of the conference that the Afrikaners who attended it wanted to know what the ANC would expect of them regarding action to oppose the system of Apartheid.