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


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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