South Africa Now | Show # N607 – December 12th, 1990

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0:05 – Township Fever Actors Cindy Dlathu and Brian Mazibuko;
0:39 – Summary of stories in this episode;
2:00 – Anchors Thandeka Gqubule and Fana Kekana;
2:07 – SANCTIONS: includes an interview with political scientist Tom Karis, discusses the African National Congress (ANC), Nelson Mandela, European leaders, political prisoners;
3:10 – TAMBO RETURNS: discusses Mandela’s law partner’s scheduled return after thirty years of exile;
3:35 – Peace and Freedom Campaign report by Phillip Tomlinson: includes video of a demonstration in Johannesburg with Ahmed Kathrada, Alfred Nzo and Mac Maharaj, street interviews, includes video of a demonstration in Khayelitsha including a speech by Nelson Mandela, includes an excerpt of an ANC video showing a police vehicle transporting an armed Inkatha leader, includes a video of Phola Park with an interview of squatter leader Prince Mhnambi, discusses mass action, mass mobilization, negotiations, demonstrations, political prisoners, police violence, Robben Island, a constituent assembly, an interim government, John Vorster Square, torture, Inkatha Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), a joint statement by Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk, violence, destabilization of communities, a shantytown, an unelected town council, murder, 70 killed, Law and Order Minister Adriaan Vlok, state of emergency measures, basic services, electricity, water, sewage;
9:19 – FRONTLINE FOCUS with Joseph Diescho: includes video of prayer breakfast hosted by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda including speech in Zambia by South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha, discusses multi-party systems, the Zambian Parliament, the pillars of apartheid, the Group Areas Act, the Land Acts, the Frontline States, political parties;
10:18 – COVERING THE COVERAGE: includes excerpts the upcoming television documentary “The Death Throes of Apartheid” produced by World Beat Associates, includes an interview of Executive Producer Jim Wesley, discusses the Afrikaner city of Welkom, black nationalism, Afrikaner nationalism, white domination, the extreme right, the neo-Nazi Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB, Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging);
12:41 – THE ANC reported by Nadja Smith: includes interviews of ANC National Organizer Steve Tshwete, Nomazizi Sokudela of the ANC Women’s League, Sister Bernard Ncube of the Institute for Contextual Theology and Tom Karis, discusses Natal, membership, support, intimidation, Bophuthatswana, activists, negotiations, the suspension of the armed struggle, a mass action campaign, Winnie Mandela’s football club, youth gangs, comtsotsis, ANC leaders returning from exile or prison, the United Democratic Front (UDF);
20:57 – Culture TOWNSHIP FEVER: includes a video excerpt of the musical “Township Fever”, includes interviews of actor Temba Mbonani and playwright/director Mbongheni Mgema, discusses information, entertainment, the Brooklyn Academy of Music

“South Africa Now” was an Emmy Award winning South African news program that was broadcast in the U.S. from 1988-1991. It covered the grassroots events that were happening in South Africa and the U.S. close to the end of Apartheid. It includes a wealth of historical footage and interviews from many well-known activists, politicians, artists, and entertainers from around the world.

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