Three-part doc­cie to tell story of MK

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - MEDIA& MARKETING -

CNBC AFRICA, with the Liliesleaf Trust, is set to pro­duce a three-part doc­u­men­tary on the role Liliesleaf played as the head­quar­ters of the newly formed armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we­Sizwe, dur­ing apartheid.

Nel­son Man­dela, Go­van Mbeki, Harold Wolpe, Ray­mond Mh­laba, Ahmed Kathrada and Wal­ter Sisulu were among the strug­gle icons who met at Liliesleaf, Rivo­nia.

A key event was the raid on Liliesleaf, which led to the Rivo­nia Trial where Man­dela and sev­eral other co-ac­cused were sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

View­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence a first­hand ac­count of the events and cir­cum­stances lead­ing up to the raid of Liliesleaf, as well as in­sights into some of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary per­son­al­i­ties who helped shape South Africa’s democ­racy.

Rakesh Wahi, vice-chair­man of CNBC Africa, con­ceived the project with the Liliesleaf Trust.

Wahi says he’s pleased that the chan­nel can be the plat­form to tell the story of this his­tor­i­cal land­mark.

“The im­por­tance of Liliesleaf should never be for­got­ten. We are able to doc­u­ment this in film and broad­cast it through­out Africa – mak­ing sure that the story is re­mem­bered long af­ter the he­roes are gone,” says Wahi.

Gary Al­fonso, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of CNBC Africa, be­lieves the doc­u­men­taries are in line with the chan­nel’s phi­los­o­phy to tell unique sto­ries from an African per­spec­tive.

Al­fonso says: “By pro­vid­ing a plat­form for a part of his­tory that shaped the South African democ­racy to what it is to­day, we are not only grow­ing aware­ness of the peo­ple who made a dif­fer­ence in the bat­tle against apartheid, but also how in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions can ul­ti­mately make a last­ing his­toric dif­fer­ence.”

Ni­cholas Wolpe, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Liliesleaf Trust and the son of Harold Wolpe, is ex­cited about re­veal­ing a piece of un­told his­tory.

“I’m pleased. Fi­nally a ded­i­cated doc­u­men­tary will tell the story of this unique his­tor­i­cal site and it’s be­ing cap­tured be­fore it’s lost for­ever. CNBC Africa will be the first to tell the story of Liliesleaf,” says Wolpe.

Pre-pro­duc­tion on the doc­u­men­tary is al­ready un­der way and is set to be com­pleted within months.

The Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture has given the project its of­fi­cial sup­port and has ex­pressed in­ter­est in be­ing in­volved in the launch of the doc­u­men­taries, sched­uled for early next year.

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