• Short Summary

    United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjoeld arrived at Waterkloof military airfield, near Pretoria, Jan 6, after a last-minute diversion of his white-painted special aircraft from Johannesburg's Jan Smuts airport.

  • Description

    United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjoeld arrived at Waterkloof military airfield, near Pretoria, Jan 6, after a last-minute diversion of his white-painted special aircraft from Johannesburg's Jan Smuts airport.

    While a crowd of 2,000 waited in vain at Johannesburg, Mr. Hammarskjoeld was received at Waterkloof by the Secretary of External Affairs, G.P. Jooste; South Africa's permanent U.N delegate, B.C. Fourie; other Government officials, Air Force chiefs, and newsmen.

    Mr. Hammarskjoeld - all set to start his eighty-day injury into the Union Government's apartheid policies - said the main object of his visit was to have talks with Premier Verwoerd and his Cabinet. He implied that an earlier visit planned for last summer had been delayed by the Congo crisis.

    Escorted into Pretoria by motorcyclists and official cars, Mr. Hammarskjoeld arrived at his hotel to be greeted by swarms of anti-apartheid demonstrators with banners reading "Dag, don't forget Sharpeville", "Welcome to a police state", and "Dag, visit Pondoland". One placard, in Afrikaans, referred to the pass law for Africans - "Dag, where is your pass." Police did not interfere.

    the following day, Jan 7, the Secretary-General met Dr. Verwoerd and posed with him for the Press outside the Union Buildings, before continuing talks on racial policy.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3E3LY91UKU1W0PR7QGT7CO7E
    Media URN:
    VLVA3E3LY91UKU1W0PR7QGT7CO7E
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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