Race and Reconciliation

Race and Reconciliation

Black and white voted together in historic elections in 1994

More from this series

  • Part One
    Audrey Brown investigates how the ripples of racial tension are being felt around South Africa.
  • Part Two
    Audrey Brown investigates if race is being used as a political tool in South Africa.
  • Part Three
    Audrey Brown investigates what really lay behind the recent troubles.

Fourteen years after liberation and sixty years since the beginning of what was then 'apartheid', this documentary series explores and uncovers the extent to which race still plays a part in everyday life for those living in South Africa.

Audrey Brown meets South Africans from all walks of life to find out whether recent racial incidents have revealed cracks in what has been dubbed the miracle of 'the rainbow nation'.

In the face confrontation and controversy, she asks difficult questions about how different South African communities view one another.

  • Can issues of race and reconciliation comfortably sit side-by-side?
  • What do South Africans really think about one another?
  • How do you get people to engage on the issue?
  • And can racism ever be eradicated there?

Part One - Rainbow nation or racial tension?

In January this year, an 18 year old white farm boy, Johan Nel, walked into the black settlement of Skierlik in the North West Province and shot dead four people, a mother and the baby on her back, a 10-year-old boy and a man.

A generation after Nelson Mandela walked free, race now seems as dominant an issue today as it was in the darkest years of apartheid.

In the first part of this series, Audrey Brown travels to Skierlik to explore how racial tensions are quietly erupting - and how the ripples are being felt around the country.

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