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In South Africa with Nelson Mandela

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In February 1990, Nelson Mandela is freed after spending 27 years in prison. Barbara Frum is one of the few journalists privileged enough to interview the recently released South African hero. The conversation takes place in the back of Mandela's humble bungalow in Soweto township. Sitting on plain aluminum chairs with the birds chirping, Frum is moved by Mandela's dignity, kindness, decency and humility. She would later say meeting Mandela was one of the most important encounters of her career.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Feb. 14, 1990
Guest: Nelson Mandela
Host: Barbara Frum
Duration: 13:28

Did You know?


• According to The Journal's executive producer Mark Starowicz, Frum initially didn't want to go to South Africa. She felt journalists were being naive and she wasn't about to swallow everything that came out of Mandela's mouth. But in the end, Frum admitted that she was most moved by the encounter.

• For more on Nelson Mandela, see the CBC Digital Archives topic Nelson Mandela: Prisoner, President, Peacemaker.


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