CBC Digital Archives

ANC legalized, Mandela to be released

For almost 50 years, South Africa was ruled by apartheid — a brutal system of racial separation that kept the nation's black majority in poverty while a white minority held the wealth and power. As unrest grew, South Africa seemed destined for a bloodbath. Canada — like many nations — was slow to react but, by the 1980s, assumed a leading role in forcing economic sanctions against South Africa. Canadian business people, activists and clergy also played parts in bringing about all-race elections in 1994, and a surprisingly peaceful end to apartheid.

media clip
 F.W. de Klerk breaks with the past and promises a new South Africa.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Feb. 2, 1990
Guest(s): Harry Belafonte, Pik Botha, Joe Clark, Pope Molefe, Ted Scott
Host: Barbara Frum
Reporter: Kevin Tibbles
Duration: 18:28

Last updated: July 9, 2013

Page consulted on December 2, 2014

All Clips from this Topic

Related Content

Addressing the Nation: Prime Ministers of Can...

Nationally broadcast addresses from Canadian prime ministers are a rare occurrence. They usual...

John Diefenbaker: extra clips

His eyes blazing and his finger stabbing the air, John George Diefenbaker set 1950s Canada ali...

John Diefenbaker: Dief the Chief

His eyes blazing and his finger stabbing the air, John George Diefenbaker set 1950s Canada ali...

Leaders' Debates 1968-2011: Highlights

After months of anticipation and weeks of campaigning, it all comes down to one night. Televis...

Nelson Mandela: Prisoner, President, Peacemak...

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela's life began in a tiny village in South Africa, which he describes a...

Joe Clark: The Man from High River

"Joe Who?" read a newspaper headline when Alberta's Joe Clark claimed the leadership of the Pr...