Democracy Now! in New York City reports last week on the historical case in a New York City court by black victims of white minority rule in South Africa (not everyone bought the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s line), against several international corporations accused of aiding the Apartheid regime. The victims’ lawyers are seeking up to $400 billion in compensation. The South African government and elite opinion are opposed to the case going ahead. The companies include Daimler AG, General Motors, Ford Motor Company and IBM. “They are accused in a class-action lawsuit of complicity in human rights abuses during the years they did business in apartheid South Africa.”

* Watch for an appearance by the late Dennis Brutus.

Further Reading

No more caricatures

Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.