For South African blacks December 16 as become a day where the "Struggle against Apartheid" is remembered.
SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA 16 DECEMBER 1984 (REUTERS)
Rally at Regina Mundi Church, Soweto.
SVs Pope Molefe addressing audience, congratulates those present on the continued struggle and says they are achieving success after the new constitution. Molefe also appeals for reforms in housing education and government. (3 shots)
Background: For South African blacks December 16 as become a day where the "Struggle against Apartheid" is remembered. It is also the founding day of the military wing of the banned African National Congress, "Umkhomto We Sizwe".
All meeting commemorating the Heroes Day in the Johannesburg Magisterial District were banned on Friday. However the anti-government United Democratic Front (UDF) this morning won an urgent court interdict against the banning and a small number of people gathered at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto to hear Albertina Sisulu, wife of the jailed ANC leader Walter Sisulu and a president of the UDF.
In the Tembisa township on the east rand, 2500 people gathered for the first time since the unrest to hear calls by the UDF for a black Christmas - a call made to remember those who have died in the recent unrest and to those who are in detention.