• Short Summary

    On two consecutive
    days - Mar 31 and April 1 - 'Saracen' armoured cars and patrols of heavily armed
    South African police were used to deter thousands of angry Africans from their
    intention of marching from Cato Manor to Durban and demanding the release of
    ex-Chief Albert Luthuli and other imprisoned African leaders.

  • Description

    On two consecutive
    days - Mar 31 and April 1 - 'Saracen' armoured cars and patrols of heavily armed
    South African police were used to deter thousands of angry Africans from their
    intention of marching from Cato Manor to Durban and demanding the release of
    ex-Chief Albert Luthuli and other imprisoned African leaders.

    A column of between five and six thousand Africans, many armed with sticks and
    carrying stones, was halted Mar 31 by two 'Saracen' armoured cars and a party of
    armed police on Durban's fringe township of Cato Manor. Fortunately the mob's
    angry mood was changed to one of reason after an appeal was made by a Senior
    Staff-officer of the Durban police. They dispersed quietly after being addressed
    later by the Native Commissioner Mr. C?C. Alston.

    Groups of natives manned hastily erected barricades around Cato Manor, and
    attacked fellow Africans returning from employment in Durban in defiance of
    instructions from the National Congress to "stay-at-home".

    'Saracen' cars continued to patrol the native township until well into the
    night. Two mobile searchlights were used to light up the shacks and
    stone-littered streets, - scene of last year's beer-hall riots.

    The following day - April 1 - three columns of Africans marched out of Cato
    Manor. This time they were intent upon freeing the leaders. Two of the columns -
    including the one filmed by VISNEWS - were successfully diverted by persuasion
    and the sight of steel-helmeted troops with bayonets fixed on rifles. But one
    column managed to penetrate into the city streets. There the Africans,
    brandishing sticks, hatches and other home-made weapons, dragged other Africans
    out of shops, off bicycles and pavements and forced them to join the march.

    Police with "Saracen' cars, and troops with automatic weapons called on the mob
    to halt. When the warning was ignored shots were fired into the air. Then shots
    were fired into the crowd. Eyewitness said six Africans - including a woman -
    fell to the ground, three dead and others clutching their legs.

    It was the most serious incident Durban has experienced in the racial crisis
    that is now spreading paralysis in South African commerce and industry as a
    result of the African work boycott.

    Although Durban officials say that the situation is "quieter", police are still
    maintaining strong patrols around the Cato Manor area.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA65PIYXN2XIRNXNZMINU2S90AF
    Media URN:
    VLVA65PIYXN2XIRNXNZMINU2S90AF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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