INTRODUCTION: A coloured (mixed) race teenage boy was shot dead and 12 people injured during a riot on Saturday (9 May) in the predominantly coloured township of Reiger Park outside the East Rand mining town of Boksburg.
TRACKING SHOT Destroyed and burnt-out buildings and cars. (3 SHOTS)
LV & PAN Burnt-out cars and buildings.
GVs Police around burnt-out cars. (2 SHOTS)
GV Burning car.
GV Police inspect burnt-out car wreckage.
GV & LV Rioters shouting, police fire tear gas grenade. Rioters scatter and take cover.(2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Rioters gesticulating round car. Police watching.
SCU Management Committee Chairman Albert Rabie being interviewed from hospital bed.
TRACKING SHOT Damaged shop-fronts.
CU & ZOOM OUT Burnt cash register and troops standing among debris.
GV Police outside damaged Post Office.
GV Students looking on.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
(SEQ 8): RABIE: "I'm perturbed of course and I've already tried yesterday to bring calmness both as far as the police are concerned and the community. I got shot in the process myself. I think the community has now proved beyond a shadow of doubt what they want and I think they must now stop carrying on."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A coloured (mixed) race teenage boy was shot dead and 12 people injured during a riot on Saturday (9 May) in the predominantly coloured township of Reiger Park outside the East Rand mining town of Boksburg. Two nights of violence followed mounting tension between Indian and coloured residents.
SYNOPSIS: Lines of burnt-out vehicles and buildings testified to the violence which swept through the township and caused an estimated million rand (1.2 million US dollars) damage. Police said the unrest was the result of friction between coloureds and Indians living in the area. But this was denied in a statement by community leaders. Observers said it was caused by competition for housing between the two groups.
Others said the unrest was started by an incident involving a local Indian taxi driver who had built a shop on land which had been set aside for the construction of houses. Coloured demonstrators said he had deliberately driven his car into a crowd which was protesting at his acquisition of land. Several people were injured. Whatever the reason for the start of the riot tension was still high later.
Apart from the teenaged boy who was shot dead 12 rioters were injured and four policemen hurt. Police said it was unlikely that the boy had been shot by them. Some of the rioters had firearms. Among those injured was Mr. Albert Rabie a prominent member of the Labour Party.
Mr. Rabie is a well-known spokesman for the Coloured Community and an advocate of inter-racial co-operation. He has passed for an urgent programme to remove the housing backlog in the township for some time.
Community leaders, in their statement, said the ultimate cause of the riot was the conditions created in the area by the implementation of the Government's Group Areas Act and the system of apartheid.