Nelson Mandela said Thursday his guerrilla movement considers government facilities legitimate targets and will continue attacking them until South Africa's white leaders negotiate an agreement on racial equality. Mandela, the African National Congress leader released Sunday after 27 years in prison, also said civilian casualties are inevitable in a bombing and sabotage campaign.
In the capital of Pretoria, thousands of conservative whites protested President F. W. de Klerk's decision to free Mandela and legalize the ANC and other black groups.
The government announced that 1,000 army troops will be deployed in Natal Province to quell violence between black organizations that disagree over the best way to fight for the rights of the black majority.
"Our objective is that the targets are government installations," Mandela said in an interview from his home in Soweto, the township outside Johannesburg. But he added, "In a conflict, civilians must be caught up in cross fire."
Earlier Thursday, Mandela met former U.S. presidential candidate Jesse Jackson on his final day of an eight-day visit to South Africa.
Jackson said South African blacks still were not free and that the United States and Western Europe must sustain pressure to force the de Klerk government to dismantle apartheid.
A Mercedes for Mandela
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela could soon be traveling the dusty roads of Soweto in style.
Black workers at a Mercedes-Benz plant said Thursday that they want to give the black leader a luxury car as a gift. The company said workers had not yet chosen a specific model but decided it should be red.