Walking on Coals: the White Tribe of Africa

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Duration: 50 minutes

First transmitted in 1980, David Dimbleby follows the stories of some of the people he interviewed for his earlier programme on the Afrikaners, 'The White Tribe of Africa'. Despite great wealth for some, and a booming economy, he finds severe hardship in the homelands of South Africa. There is also increasing anger about inequalities and police brutality, which the Panorama team were on hand to witness.

  • Did You Know?

    Afrikaners are descended from white European settlers, mainly from the Netherlands, who came to South Africa from the 17th century onwards. They are sometimes known as Boers, and in the 19th Century they developed a nationalist identity based on a shared language and way of life known as Afrikaans. The Afrikaans political movement grew in strength in the aftermath of the Boer War in the early 20th Century.
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Credits

Presenter
David Dimbleby
Participant
Allan Boesak
Producer
David Harrison
Participant
PW Botha
Participant
Gatsha Buthelezi
Participant
Sheena Duncan
Participant
Frikkie Huyser
Participant
Piet Koomhof
Participant
Huibrecht Kriel
Participant
Klaan Kriel
Participant
Solly Madlala
Participant
Bitty Muller
Participant
F Van Zyl Slabbert

Broadcasts

Apartheid in South Africa Collection

Apartheid Collection

This programme is available online as part of the Apartheid in South Africa Collection.

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