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South Africa Topics

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  • A new film about South African President Nelson Mandela will open across the country later this month. Mandela the film chronicles the life of the former political prisoner turned president. Directed by South African filmmakers Joe Menell and Angus Gibson, the film is the only official biography of Nelson Mandela. And as a result, the filmmakers had unprecedented access to Mandela and to a 100 hours of extraordinary archival footage.
    Mar 18, 1997 | Story
  • The South African Truth Commission marks its one year anniversary embroiled in controversy. The latest uproar involves the murderers of Steve Biko, a leading anti-apartheid activist in the 1970s and the head of the Black Consciousness Movement. Five former policeman have confessed to killing Biko in 1977 during an interrogation in a Port Elizabeth police station. But, as part of a deal with the Truth Commission, the five will likely receive...
    Jan 29, 1997 | Story
  • The South African Truth Commission hits its one year, half-way point this month. Not unexpectedly, the Commission has sparked a lot of controversy in South Africa, particularly over the practice of granting amnesty to the confessed killers and torturers of the apartheid regime.
    Jan 29, 1997 | Story