CLIP: Reactions of white South Africans to Sharpeville Massacre, 1960

February 7, 2021

The commentator compares Sharpeville to other iconic events, such as Guernica or Little Rock, in terms of their historical significance.

Robin Day then speaks to white South Africans living in London and asks their views on the events. They are obviously privileged young men and their opinions differ to a limited degree but the general tone of their views is that the events at Sharpeville do not indicate the need to abandon or even reform the apartheid regime. There is also a running undercurrent of the belief in their own superiority.

Taken from, ‘Panorama’, 28 March 1960.

Release date: 

16 August 2012


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