• Short Summary

    Police leave was cancelled throughout South Africa this weekend (7 & 8 August) as the authorities stood by for a possible new outbreak of violence, following three days of rioting and demonstrations in Soweto and other black townships.

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    Police leave was cancelled throughout South Africa this weekend (7 & 8 August) as the authorities stood by for a possible new outbreak of violence, following three days of rioting and demonstrations in Soweto and other black townships.

    SYNOPSIS: The wave of rioting started in Soweto - a black dormitory suburb of Johannesburg - last month. At the height of the disturbances 176 people died in one day -- most of them black, most of them children and most of them victims of police bullets. Over the past few days the trouble has spread to other townships in the Johannesburg area and also to the Middleburg township in the eastern Transvaal, where disturbances in schools have resulted in considerable damage. Elsewhere black demonstrators have been on the rampage, stoning and burning buses and trains and trying to force a stay-at-home by workers.

    Buildings at the University of West Cape have also been damaged during the recent fresh outbreaks of violence.

    Apart from the ongoing unrest in Soweto, another main flashpoint in the current disturbances is the Natal Spruit township, also near Johannesburg. More buildings were burn down by black school-children, supported at times by older people. The violence escalated after police stopped several thousand black people from arching into Johannesburg earlier in the week.

    According to some news agency reports at least four people have been killed in the latest violence, but the police have denied this. They have also denied that a quantity of automatic weapons have been stolen from them. However, police chiefs have warned that the situation is still very serious. The government has appealed to black community leaders to help restore order, but most of their please have been ignored.

    South African police have said that buses were set on fire in Soweto, but other buses taking blacks to work had managed to bypass roadblocks. Schools in the townships were open on Friday (6 August), but no children turned up for classes.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA380ACRGOHCTZZ157BCB9XRM41
    Media URN:
    VLVA380ACRGOHCTZZ157BCB9XRM41
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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