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South Africa Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to South Africa

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  • Michael Lapsley, a white Anglican priest, was letter-bombed by the White South African government of F.W. de Klerk. He joins Amy to discuss the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa and his role in the freedom struggle. He arrived in South Africa from his home of New Zealand as a pacifist but, witnessing the gross abuse of power and force by the apartheid regime, changed his feelings. He supported the movement to resist against the white...
    May 01, 1997 | Story
  • 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.
    March 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...
    January 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.
    January 29, 1997 | Story