After a night in which four men were shot dead by police in coloured areas around Cape Town, South Africa, street violence continued unabated into the daylight hours on Wednesday (8 September).
GV Crowd in Cape Town street. (2 shots)
GV Coloureds hiding behind cars.
GV Tear gas exploding on street.
SCU Man using handkerchief as mask.
SV Riot police taking man away.
GV Riot police forcibly dispersing crowd. (2 shots)
GV People running (2 shots)
GV Riot police chasing crowd. (2 shots)
GV Crowd running away.
SV Injured man lying on street.
GV Ambulance arrives and injured taken away. (2 shots)
GV Tear gas exploding among crowd.
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Background: After a night in which four men were shot dead by police in coloured areas around Cape Town, South Africa, street violence continued unabated into the daylight hours on Wednesday (8 September).
SYNOPSIS: During the night police fired automatic rifles to disperse coloured youths who threw up barricades of blazing car tyres. Police cars were pelted with petrol bombs and stones. When the rioting picked up again during the morning police at first tried to combat the crowds with volleys of tear gas - but the rioters merely regrouped and attacked at another point.
This led to a change of tactics on the part of the police, which developed into a full-scale confrontation. Crowds of rioters were broken up by security forces firing shotguns and making repeated baton charges.
More burning roadblocks were thrown up and cars were stoned. The violence spilled over into the predominantly coloured area of Tiervlei, where stone throwing was reported.
There was violence too in the volatile Johannesburg black township of Soweto, where petrol-bombers burned down part of the biggest working-men's hostel there. At least two men were killed.
As the para-military police and coloured rioters fought it out in Cape Town, South African Prime Minister John Vorster was preparing a major speech for delivery at Bloemfontein, about 550 miles (900 kms) away. Just back from talks in Switzerland with United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Mr. Vorster is believed to be anxious to maintain the impetus of moves towards peace in southern Africa.
South African police sources said that many source said that many of the people injured in Wednesday's rioting were motorists attacked by stone-throwing youths. One white person and three coloureds were wounded by birdshot when the police opened fire with revolvers and shotguns. In one confrontation whites nearby hissed disapproval at police tactics, but were silenced when the riot squad threatened to charge them.