Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Categories: Episodes |
Brian Madasi, one of the killers in the Heidelberg Tavern massacre.
Twenty years after the first free elections in South Africa, the country still struggles with lawlessness, social equity, and the structures of civil society. But, across the bitter divides of race and class, many have begun to make their peace with each other: black and white, the privileged and those with little hope. From the documentary series The Long Walk to Freedom, which first aired in 2004, Philip Coulter tells the story of a massacre, and one woman's act of grace and reconciliation.
Letlapa Mphalele at his home in Seleteng, Limpopo. He was a leader of the Azanian People's Liberation Army, and gave the order for the attack on the Heidelberg. Photo by Philip Coulter.
The Heidelberg tavern in Cape Town, as it is today. This is the door the killers came through. Since 1993, the door remains closed; the entrance today is around the side. Photo by Philip Coulter.
The township of Khayelitsha near Cape Town. The Race Acts of apartheid dictated where blacks were allowed to live, on the outskirts of the city. Today, more than 300,000 black South Africans still live here, (and 87 whites). Photo by Philip Coulter.