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Union of South Africa

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. There is some dropout of film on this programme, and it ends abruptly.

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43 minutes

Last on

Mon 24 Jun 1957 20:30
BBC Television Service

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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).

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