“The historic meeting in Dakar Senegal that paved way for a negotiated settlement and democracy in South Africa”.

The 1987 film Breaking the Fetters was screened yesterday in Durban at the Elangeni Hotel.

The screening was organized by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation and their long-time partner Democracy Development Program.

Produced and directed by a journalist and filmmaker Anli Serfontein, the film tells the untold stories of the how the representatives of the then banned African National Congress (ANC) met with prominent Afrikaners from the fields of society opposing the apartheid regime in Dakar, Senegal in 1987. Even though the Afrikaners faced backlash upon their return to South Africa, this historic meeting paved the way for a negotiated settlement and democracy. (

The screening ended with a panel discussion which consisted of apartheid stalwart and retired ANC presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj, political analyst and Civil society veteran Sthembiso Madlala, Blessing Nyoni of Abahlali Basemjondo Movement as well as Riaan Van Greunen.

According to Anli, the screening in Durban was one of the 3 screening this year to be held in commemoration of the 25 years of Democracy and the 31st Anniversary of the historic meeting in Dakar, one done in Johannesburg, Durban and then Cape Town.

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