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Escaped lawyer describes apartheid's brutal laws

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.

Harold Wolpe defended oppressed blacks until he was imprisoned.

Medium: Radio
Program: Soundings
Broadcast Date: Nov. 17, 1964
Guest(s): Harold Wolpe
Host: Bob Wilson
Narrator: Paul Wright
Duration: 25:57

Last updated: December 10, 2012

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