South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Interview Segment

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


"There would be a morning class up to 11 o'clock and then we'll go home and then other kids of the same grade will come after 11 o'clock." [1:11]

Obed Bapela describes the overcrowding in schools in the black township of Alexandria when he was growing up.

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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