Full-Length Video

Feature Video

"Forward to People's Power"
c. 1989

Duration: 00:30:48

People: Jay Naidoo, Cyril Ramaphosa, Zollie Malindi, Desmond Tutu, Frank Chikane, Elijah Barayi, Peter Muller, Allan Boesak

Primary Language(s): English

Description: Footage of marchers in Guateng Province delivering a petition to police. Demonstrators carry placards demanding the unbanning of the ANC and posters of African leaders such as Oliver Tambo, Sam Nujoma (Namibia), Samora Machel (Mozambique) and others. They are singing a song in Xhosa, "Umama ka Botha ugibele imfene" (PW Botha's mother is riding on a baboon), implying that PW Botha's mother is a witch. Clip of another march in Gauteng where demonstrators are celebrating the release of eight political prisoners from Robben Island, including Walter Sisulu, and Ahmed Kathrada. Footage of workers protesting the Labor Relations Act (LRA). Former COSATU president Elijah Barayi addresses the crowd as police standby. Segment of thousands marching through the streets of Cape Town, from Parliament, past Adderley Stret, down Strand Street, carrying banners such as "Peace in our city," "Stop the Killing," and "Willie Hofmeyr 20-days Hunger Strike." Footage of a political gathering at Cape Town City Hall where Mayor Peter Muller calls for a united Cape Town. In attendance are leaders such as Desmond Tutu, Zollie Malindi, Reverend Frank Chikane, Cyril Ramaphosa, Allan Boesak, Jay Naidoo, and others. Segments recorded by NBC, Reuters, and BBC.