I am going to have to disagree with you Krauss. In an interview by de Klerk himself, he stated that SA was on the verge of economic collapse. Don't forget, de Klerk was digging in his heels, but the economic situation got really desperate according to him, that he let Mandela go, hoping it would end BDS. Unfortunately, the SA government got even more violent, and BDS was more entrenched than ever. He states that the reversal happened soon after they realize SA was only months away from spending its last reserves, and there was really no other choice, and that SA was already in insolvency,. Even a year more of BDS and SA would be past the point of no return and become a third world country. In fact in that interview, he implies many of SA's economic problems were because of BDS.