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South Africa’s Journey to Democracy: Reflections by Albie Sachs

Resource type: Video

C. S. Mott Foundation |

How has South Africa changed in its journey toward democracy? Albie Sachs, an internationally known human rights activist who spent twenty-four years in exile during apartheid, reflects on this question.

Sachs, 78, lost his arm in a bomb attack by South African security agents during his exile, yet still continued to call for an end to apartheid. Returning home in 1990, he helped negotiate South Africa’s peaceful transition from the racist apartheid system to a constitutional democracy and served for 15 years on the Constitutional Court.

In this video interview, filmed in Flint, Michigan at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in 2013, Sachs reacts to vintage documentary video of his emotional 1990 return.

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