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South Africa's challenges
Cape Town mayor and Democratic Alliance leader, Helen Zille, talks to Riz Khan.
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2007 10:29 GMT

Helen Zille, the mayor of Cape Town and the
Democratic Alliance leader talks to Riz Khan [AFP]
A remarkable event following the collapse of Apartheid in South Africa was the effort at truth and reconciliation.

It was meant to lay the foundations to build a multi-racial, multi-cultural society free of the injustice of racism. But how effective was it?

What challenges have South Africans faced in trying to tackle the legacy of discrimination, poverty and unemployment? Where has it left the infrastructure, health care and education system?

Riz Khan speaks with Cape Town mayor and Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille about the future of South Africa. 

Before entering politics, Zille was active in Apartheid opposition groups and it was her investigative reporting that uncovered the truth about the murder of anti-Apartheid activist Steven Biko.

Also joining the programme is Aids activist Zackie Achmat. At the age of 14 Zackie found himself imprisoned for trying to force a student boycott by setting fire to his school during the Sowehto uprising.

A longtime member of the ANC he has been critical of the Mbeki government's Aids policies and has been very outspoken about the recent sacking of the country's deputy health minister.

We ask: "How will South Africa find its way forward and will it include all the people of the 'Rainbow Nation'?"

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This episode aired on 16 August 2007.


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