New footage has emerged showing what is believed to be the first known television interview with South Africa’s late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
The footage, dated from 1956, shows a bearded Mandela vowing to fight racism.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, an NGO dedicated to Mandela’s memory, said that the 24-second footage was probably filmed in 1956 during the “Treason Trial,” which ended in 1961 with the acquittal of Mandela and dozens of others on charges of treason.
Mandela, who died in 2013 aged 95, became South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his efforts to promote racial reconciliation in his racially scarred nation.
“From the very beginning, the African National Congress set itself the task of fighting against white supremacy,” Mandela said in the short clip.
“We have always regarded as wrong for one racial group to dominate another racial group. And from the very beginning the African National Congress has fought, without hesitation, against all forms of racial discrimination and we shall continue to do so until freedom is achieved,” Mandela said.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation said the interview took place at the Old Synagogue in Pretoria, where the Treason Trial was held and was broadcast on January 31, 1961 by a Netherlands television broadcaster, AVRO.
According to Reuters, previously, the first television interview with Mandela was thought to have been conducted in May, 1961, when he was in hiding.
Source: Business Tech