Sharpeville Remembered …

    I’m a twenty-two year-old reporter on the Sunday Express, Johannesburg, when police slaughter sixty-nine unarmed children, women and men at a black township outside Johannesburg called Sharpeville. The very name has since become a symbol for the evil that was apartheid. The massacre changes South Africa forever. Journalists’ cameras catch some of the horror of the Sharpeville killings. But the […]

Zuma Desperately Needs Performance Training

Dear President Zuma, Judging from your SONA 2015 performance — I mean your speech, not the farcical first act about which others have written with considerable dismay — I have to believe that you don’t have a communications coach. (If you do have a communications coach, however, he or she should be taken out behind […]

Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 (Part 2)

Part 2: “Viva Mandela!” It’s the eve of the 1994 general election in South Africa —first democratic election in the nation’s three hundred and forty-two years. I’m in Johannesburg leading a team of CBC TV journalism journalists. Our mission is to turn South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists from state broadcasters into public broadcasters. From […]