South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

Obed Bapela interviewed by David Wiley
May 15, 2006 Cape Town, South Africa.


"At the middle of the night this petrol bomb was thrown into the house; it caught fire." [4:23]

Obed Bapela, an activist in Alexandra township, speaks about being attacked by the police while he was on trial.

Born in 1958, Obed Bapela was an organizer in Alexandra, an African township of Johannesburg, from the time of the 1976 student uprisings and through the intense period of repression and the campaign to make the township “ungovernable” in the mid-1980s. He was one of the accused of treason along with trade union activist Moses Mayekiso. He is an African National Congress member of Parliament from the Johannesburg metropolitan area.

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