Death of Apartheid

Death of Apartheid
Directed by Stephen Clarke
Mick Gold
Stewart Lansley
Produced by Lisa Gartside
Narrated by Allister Sparks
Distributed by BBC
Release date
14 May 1995
Running time
50 min (3 parts)
Country UK
Language English

Death of Apartheid (US title: Mandela's Fight For Freedom) is the name of a three-part documentary series about the negotiations to end apartheid in South Africa and the first fully democratic election that followed. The series was first broadcast in May 1995, and produced by Brian Lapping Associates[1] (now part of Ten Alps company) for the BBC, and co-produced by the Dutch broadcaster VPRO, the South African broadcaster SABC, and the Japanese broadcaster NHK.[2][3]

The series was largely written and researched by Allister Sparks, who also narrated it. The series was accompanied by a book by Sparks, named Tomorrow Is Another Country.[4]


Number Title Original airdate Overview Contributors
1 The Prisoner 14 May 1995 This episode focuses on Nelson Mandela's dialogue with the Apartheid government whilst he was still in prison.
2 The Third Force 21 May 1995 This episode focusses on the bloodshed that occurred following Mandela's release from prison and the supposed "third force" controlling this. Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk, Thabo Mbeki, Cyril Ramaphosa, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Adriaan Vlok, Johan Scheepers, Romeo Mbambo
3 The Whites' Last Stand 28 May 1995 This episode looks at attempts by the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging and some tribal states, including the Inkatha Freedom Party, to disrupt and prevent the first free election. Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Cyril Ramaphosa, Roelf Meyer, Pieter Mulder, Dawie De Villiers, Leon Wessels, Eugène Terre'Blanche, Constand Viljoen, Tertius Delport, Mac Maharaj, F.W. de Klerk, Rina Venter, Johann Kriegler, P. J. Seleke, Pik Botha, Jack Turner

See also


  1. "Death of Apartheid, Company Credits". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. "Death of Apartheid". Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. "Death of Apartheid". Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. David Honigmann (11 June 1995). "The Roelf 'n' Cyril show". The Independent. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
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