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Seven Days: South Africa - The White Future

Television (Excerpts) – 1976

For this lauded Seven Days assignment Ian Johnstone was the first NZ television reporter to travel to apartheid-era South Africa. In this episode (one of three) he finds a white minority clinging to power in the face of mounting violence and a sense of looming change. The limbo-like status of the mixed-race Coloureds stresses how untenable the regime’s policies have become; and demand for equality from black students is palpable. Interviewees include a defiant Prime Minister Vorster, author Alan Paton (Cry, the Beloved Country), journalist Donald Woods and activist Helen Suzman.

As far as I can see, I have a role to play in South Africa. It’s to try and bring white people to their senses. It’s a very hard job.
– Alan Paton, author of Cry My Beloved Country