DEAR MANDELA: Panel Discussion

Thursday 24th May, 2012

Destroyed homes, threats at gunpoint and high-court action, this battle by three young people to stand up for their rights is a testimony to people power.

Their shantytowns are being demolished by the government and people are being forced to leave at gunpoint. But this isn't what Nelson Mandela's people fought for say three young activists who are furious at the harsh treatment of their slum communities in Durban, South Africa. They start a new movement to fight for their constitutional rights and take the government to court to halt mass evictions. But playing politics turns nasty when a murderous mob attacks the settlement and scares its supporters. Will they be beaten? Can they bear the sacrifice needed to challenge those in power? It's a journey of three brave young hearts demanding what they were all promised by Mandela: a home.

Followed by a panel discussion with Iain Bryne (Amnesty International) and Caroline Elliot (War On Want) about the rights of people in South Africa facing eviction from their homes.