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Video screening of Injury Time: The rise of the 80-minute nation
February 3 @ 14:00 - 15:20
This video is placed centrally within the South African anti-apartheid sports struggle. It was mostly an internal struggle, but broadened to the international community, with apartheid sport placed in the spotlight, isolated and unable to enjoy sport within the international community. There were exceptions, but largely apartheid sport remained isolated until the lifting of the sports boycott by the ANC in 1991.
This video examines some of the aspects of the path to unification, with some comment on the effects of this hasty pandering to the sporting whims of the apartheid elite by Nelson Mandela and the ANC. The language of non-racialism has been replaced by new, democratic racial terminology that deepens the chasms of race and class, moving society further and further away from the sporting common of social cohesion. Within sport specifically, the language of the racial ‘other’ becomes normal and the use of ‘racial’ terminology is encouraged and normalised: “When will our people get an opportunity?” The term “our people” places one group apart from “other people” or “them”, and it is a phrase that is used from the very top of the South African political pile, to the very bottom of society.
Mark Fredericks is a lecturer in photojournalism at Walter Sisulu University (South Africa). Since 2001, he has been creating a large video repository, centered mainly on sport, sporting history and community memory in South Africa. His research focuses on the South African democratic transition, using sport as an observational lens, a subject he has presented papers on around the world at various instances, and written articles about for online newspapers (such as the NZ Herald, News 24, and Cape Times).