Apartheid in South Africa

The political system of apartheid governed every aspect of life in South Africa from 1948 to 1991. In practice, apartheid enforced a racial hierarchy privileging white South Africans and under this system only they had the vote.

The programmes and documents illustrate what life was like for ordinary South Africans as well as revealing key moments in the struggle against this political system.

The language used to express views on race in these programmes reflects the attitudes inherent in apartheid.

Interview with Chief Albert Luthuli
audio
Panorama - Union of South Africa
video
Tour of South Africa - Harold Macmillan
audio
At Home and Abroad
audio
South African Dilemma 1
audio
Panorama - Race Problems around the World
video
24 Hours Special - Verwoerd Assassination
video
The World in Focus - Soweto
audio
Panorama - After Soweto
video
Panorama - Walking on Coals: The White Tribe of Africa
video
News - South African Baby: Black or White?
video
Newsnight - Elections in South Africa
video
A Time and a Place
audio
Panorama - South Africa
video
Week in Week Out - Liberation Women
video
Panorama - The Comrades
video
News - Bomb Attack in South Africa
video
News - Apartheid Laws Scrapped
video
Newsnight - South African Elections
video
Blue Peter in South Africa, 1996
video
Tuesday Documentary - The Heart of Apartheid
video
Arena - Miller Meets Mandela
video
Arena - Voices from the Island
video