The funeral of black South African community leader John 'Hennie' Ferus, was held on Sunday (26 April).
WORCESTER, CAPE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA (APRIL 26, 1981) (REUTERS)
SCU Rev. Allen Hendrickse speaking
GV Community hall in Worcester
SV PAN Coffin being carried past crowd leaving hall
SV Funeral procession, people carrying African National Congress (ANC) flag and poster of John Hennie Ferus. Coffin wrapped in ANC flag
CU Mourners at graveside, man gives salute. Coffin is lowered into ground (2 shots)
CU Woman weeping among mourners
GV Mourners singing at graveside, ANC flags
CU Dr. Nthato Motlana speaking
HENDRICKSE: "A swing towards the left of the Nationalist Party, aahhhh.... for us would, for those of us who regard ourselves as moderates, still be a glimmer of hope that, within the white community, there are people who are prepared to look at reform and real and meaningful change rather than continue just the question of white domination."
REPORTER: "Do you see no change in the status of the black people in the country after the election?"
DR. MOTLANA: "I do see some changes -- changes for the worse."
REPORTER: "And do you think that's likely to lead to less moderation on the part of the black people in coping with what they put up with?"
MOTLANA: "I have no doubt at all that it will lead (indistinct). Peaceful options have been closed every time. We are told simply that we are foreigners here, that extra-parliamentary means cannot be used by the voteless, and therefore people must report to extra-parliamentary means to change the system."
REPORTER: "And you think that's inevitable now?"
MOTLANA: "Absolutely inevitable."
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Background: The funeral of black South African community leader John 'Hennie' Ferus, was held on Sunday (26 April). Mr. Ferus, who was a strong campaigner against racial oppression in South Africa, died in a car crash the previous Monday (20 April). Ferus, who was 41, was also a member of the moderate Labour Party. Its leader, the Reverend Allen Hendrickse, spoke about Wednesday's (29 April) general election, in which his party has refused to take part.
Worcester Community Hall, South Africa's Cape Province, was the scene of the funeral service. There was a large crowd of mourners and supporters of the African National Congress, which is banned by the South African authorities.
Observers said the open support of the banned ANS represented a significant shift to the left among South African blacks.
Members of Hennie Ferus's family were with him when the car crashed, but none of them was hurt. Dr. Nthato Motlana, chairman of the Soweto Committee of Ten, spoke about the general election in which Mr. Ferus's Labour Party refuses to take part.