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  • After 2 years and 21,000 witnesses, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission ended its probe into the human rights record of apartheid last Friday with grudging testimony from the country’s former chemical warfare chief, dubbed "Doctor Death." Wouter Basson, the architect of the apartheid-era chemical weapons program, has been charged with manufacturing illegal drugs to render blacks infertile, and making secret...
    Aug 03, 1998 | Story
  • As the South African Truth Commission sets out today to release its long-awaited report on human rights violations during the apartheid era, a flurry of last-minute legal appeals by former South African President F.W. DeClerk have succeeded in removing key sections of the report until he had has a chance to review the allegations. The Truth Commission agreed yesterday to cut portions on De Klerk from the document that implicated the former South...
    Oct 29, 1998 | Story
  • The eyes of the world and South Africa will be on Pretoria on June 16 when hundreds of world leaders and other dignitaries join tens of thousands of South Africans to cheer on the country’s new president and bid farewell to President Mandela. Hundreds of invitations have already been sent to almost every head of state and government.
    Apr 05, 1999 | Story
  • South African police this week attacked one of the country’s star soccer players during a traffic stop, beating him and shooting him in the shoulder as he rode in his car with his sister. Lifa Gqosha, midfielder for the Kaizer Cheifs, the nation’s most popular soccer team, was assaulted after the police pulled him over and questioned whether he owned the car he was driving. Gqosha is black, and the officers were white.
    Apr 30, 1999 | Story
  • South Africa’s next president, Thabo Mbeki, said that the country’s second post-apartheid election has delivered an overwhelming mandate to the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Mbeki, a former underground activist for the ANC, was South African President Nelson Mandela’s deputy president, and was picked by Mandela as his successor.
    Jun 03, 1999 | Story
  • Thabo Mbeki became South Africa’s second post-apartheid president today, taking over the leadership from Nelson Mandela with promises to improve the lives of millions of impoverished South Africans. Seconds after Mbeki took oath in the South African capital of Pretoria, Mandela and his successor held hands high above their heads in a victory salute before a cheering crowd.
    Jun 16, 1999 | Story
  • Yesterday we were joined by Justice Albie Sachs, South African activist and lawyer.
    Oct 25, 2000 | Story
  • In 1990, three months after the release of Nelson Mandela, the De Klerk Government sent Father Michael Lapsley aparcel containing two magazines. Inside one of them was a highly sophisticated bomb. When Lapsley opened themagazine, the explosion brought down ceilings in the house and blew a hole in the floors and shattered windows. Italso blew off both of the priest’s hands, ruined one eye and burned him severely.
    Apr 03, 2001 | Story
  • Salih Booker, head of Africa Action comments on Jesse Helm’s retirement announcement and his record on Africa. Africa Action will request reparations for slavery, the ending of Global Apartheid, aid for the AIDS pandemic, and more in its fight for racial justice, and at the upcoming UN Conference Against Racism to be held in Durban, South Africa.
    Aug 23, 2001 | Story
  • Nobel Peace prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks after receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Fordham University. He says, "South Africa, improbably, divinely amusingly, has become a beacon of hope. If peace could come to South Africa, then peace could come any- and everywhere." [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 24, 2005 | Story