In South Africa, the rioting of coloured youths that has now spread to Cape Town, flared up once again on Friday (3 September).
In South Africa, the rioting of coloured youths that has now spread to Cape Town, flared up once again on Friday (3 September). During the day, Prime Minister, John Vercter, left Johannesburg by air for Zurich, Switzerland where he will hold talks on southern Africa with the United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. He told newsmen at Jan Smuts airport that he had high hopes for the success of his mission ...but there was no good news from Cape town.
SYNOPSIS: The prosperous white-run shopping and business centre of the city was transformed into a battleground as police tried to stop crowds of coloured - mixed race - youths from moving into the main streets. Para-military police hurled tear gas and used baton charges to try to break up the groups of youths. It was the second successive day that Cape Town had seen rioting by the coloured youths who are demonstrating against South Africa's policy of apartheid. There was one unofficial report claiming one youth was killed by a blast of shotgun fire when para-military police opened up to stop pupils from a coloured high school marching into the centre.
The violence broke out in the coloured townships around Cape Town where police shot two young men dead during rioting earlier this week. It spread to the city centre when hundreds of coloured youths arrived by bus and train to demonstrate against the apartheid policies. The coloureds, who are generally better off than the country's black population, aligned themselves with the whites before the present troubles began, but violence in black townships has led to a greater militancy among the coloureds. But Mr. Vorster was confident of ending the violence as he left for Europe.