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South Africa / Biko Death #757209

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 20, 1997
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(King William’s Town, South Africa: Christiane Amanpour) The debate in South Africa over the offer of amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in return for confessions in the 1977 death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko featured; details given of the applications for amnesty by the policemen who killed Biko; footage shown; excerpt shown from “Cry Freedom”; scenes shown from the commission’s hearings in Capetown. [Biko’s son Nkosanathi BIKO†- talks about his father; opposes amnesty.] [Biko family lawyer George BIZOS†- explains how Biko was left to die in a prison cell.] [Policemen’s lawyer Francois VAN der MERWE†- defends the use of force in interrogation; says this was political.] The changes in the township where Biko lived noted. [King William’s Town RESIDENTS – comment on Biko & the amnesty offer.] [Truth Commission vice-chairman Alex BORAINE†- explains the amnesty deal as the price to be paid for settling the conflict between blacks & whites.]

Woodruff, Judy;
Amanpour, Christiane

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