Apartheid in South Africa | Living under racial segregation and discrimination

Panorama | Union of South Africa

An early exposé of the divisions caused by apartheid in South Africa.

CHANNEL | BBC 1

FIRST BROADCAST | 24 June 1957

DURATION | 41 minutes 33 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1957

Synopsis

Woodrow Wyatt investigates the impact of new apartheid laws, such as the Group Areas Act. Wyatt interviews politicians from all parties, including Prime Minister JG Strijdom and the president-general of the ANC, Chief Albert Mvumbi Luthuli. Strident views on why different racial groups should be separated are expressed. There are short gaps between reports in the programme and the film ends very abruptly.

Did you know?

Wyatt visits Sophiatown, which had been a suburb where Black, Coloured and Asian South Africans lived until the forced clearances of February 1955. The Group Areas Act compelled the different racial groups to live separately, and 65,000 people were forcibly removed to Soweto and Western Coloured Township (now Westbury).

This edition of 'Panorama' caused protests from the South African government. Read the first of three documents detailing this behind-the-scenes diplomatic crisis, Panorama Report on South Africa.

Contributors

Reporter, Writer
Senator Bessen
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Mr Collie
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Prof Cowen
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Mr Kirsten
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Mr Lazar
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Leo Lovell
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Mr Justice Lucas
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Colonel Pilkington-Jordan
Contributor
Archbishop Reeves
Contributor
Colonel Sandford
Contributor
Mr JG Strijdom
Contributor

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