Huge crowds of singing and chanting mourners followed the hearse carrying the body of African National Congress (ANC) member Andreas Sono Ngcobo through the streets of Soweto on December 30.
GV Mourners singing while running down street following hearse.
SV Mourners walking by hearse and chanting.
SV PAN FROM Mourners chanting round grave as coffin is lowered into grounds. (2 SHOTS)
4 SV INTERIOR Sign in arrivals lounge at airport ZOOM OUT TO crowd.
SV Desmond Tutu and his wife waving to crowd as they walk through airport lounge.
CU Woman with child.
CU Bishop Tutu joins in singing with crowds. (2 SHOTS)
CU Bishop Tutu talking to reporter. (English SOT)
CU Tutu embracing colleagues, wishing them happy New Year.
TRANSCRIPT: TUTU: (SEQ 8) "I'm just glad to be back here, to be back home, and what a wonderful welcome to have received. Hello, my dear father."
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Background: Huge crowds of singing and chanting mourners followed the hearse carrying the body of African National Congress (ANC) member Andreas Sono Ngcobo through the streets of Soweto on December 30. Ngcobo was shot dead in Mbabane by Swazi police searching for the killer of the country's deputy security chief. A Swazi police statement said Ngcobo had ignored orders to surrender, and was armed with a Soviet-made rifle when he was shot. Swazi Police Commissioner Majaji Simelane told reporters his police forces had been facing a highly-trained fighter who had been through ANC courses in Tanzania and Angola. The deputy security chief, Petros Shiba, killed earlier in the month, had been involved in arresting ANC guerrillas. The ANC, banned in South Africa, is dedicated to the overthrow of white minority rule there. Many members of the black nationalist movement had been operating from Mozambiwue until Maputo and Pretoria signed a non-aggression pact last March. After the treaty some fled to Swaziland, but Mbabane has a similar accord with Pretoria, and the authorities have ordered a crackdown on ANC activities. Twenty-three ANC members operating in Swaziland were ordered on December 21 to surrender at once or face deportation to South Africa. ANC supporters attending Ngcobo's funeral in Soweto vowed his blood would "water the tree of freedom". Meanwhile, one of South Africa's strongest opponents as he entered the airport building. It was the first time Tutu had returned to South Africa since receiving the Nobel Peace Prize earlier in December.