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    NEWSPAPER POSTERS AND BLACK HEADLINES OUTSIDE SOUTH AFRICA HOUSE IN LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY) PROCLAIMED THE ASSASSINATION OF DR.

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    NEWSPAPER POSTER AND HEADLINES; SOUTH AFRICA HOUSE; WHITE WOMAN, BLACK MAN, OGUNDIPE COMMENTING ON ASSASSINATION (SOF); STILLS OF VOSTER, SCHOEMANN AND DONGES.



    TRANSCRIPT: WOMAN:"I THINK IT'S THE CRUELLEST BLOW AT CIVILISATION AND DECENCY. HE STOOD FOR EVERYTHING THAT WAS GOOD AND PURE. I'M TOO UPSET, BECAUSE EVERY SOUTH AFRICAN, WHETHER THEY WERE FOR DR. VERWOERD'S GOVERNMENT OR FOR THE UNITED PARTY, WILL BOW THEIR HEAD. AND IT'S THE GREATEST GRIEF. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK FOR A HEART-BROKEN PERSON WHO HONOURED AND LOVED HIM.



    AFRICAN:"I THINK IT'S THE BEST NEWS OF THE DAY, AND I COULD EVEN SAY THE BEST NEWS OF THE YEAR, OR FOR THAT MATTER OF MY LIFETIME."



    REPORTER:"WHY"



    AFRICAN: WELL, VERWOERD ESCAPED DEATH THE LAST TIME AND THIS TIME I'M EXTREMELY PLEASED THAT HE HAS GONE. WELL I NEED NOT ELABORATE ON THAT, YOU KNOW WHAT SOUTH AFRICA IS AND HOW ALL OF US FEEL ABOUT IT. BUT THE ONLY THING IS HE WAS KILLED BY A WHITE MAN. I WISH I COULD HAVE DONE IT MYSELF"



    OGUNDIPE:"WELL MY IMMEDIATE REACTION WAS ONE OF SHOCK, AS I PERSONALLY DO NOT APPROVE OF ASSASSINATION.



    REPORTER:"DO YOU THINK THAT IT WILL EFFECT THE COURSE OF EVENTS IN AFRICA AT ALL?"



    OGUNDIPE:"OH YES, IT'S BOUND TO, BUT I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT HIS BEING ASSASSINATED, BUT I'M SURE IT'S BOUND TO HAVE SOME EFFECTS."



    REPORTER:"IS THERE IN THIS, DO YOU THINK, A MESSAGE FOR MR. SMITH OF RHODESIA?"



    OGUNDIPE:"OH YES, I THINK SO. NOT THAT I WISH HIM ANY HARM AT ALL, BUT I THINK HE MIGHT LEARN FROM WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED, TAKE NOTE.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: NEWSPAPER POSTERS AND BLACK HEADLINES OUTSIDE SOUTH AFRICA HOUSE IN LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY) PROCLAIMED THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. HENDRIK VERWOERD, THE SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER.

    OUTSIDE THE IMPOSING BUILDING IN WHICH THE SOUTH AFRICAN AMBASSADOR HAS HIS OFFICE, A WHITE WOMAN AND AN AFRICAN MAN GAVE THEIR VERY DIFFERENT REACTIONS TO THE NEWS.

    BRIGADIER B. OGUNDIPE, WHO IS LEADING THE NIGERIAN DELEGATION TO THE COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS' CONFERENCE NOW MEETING IN LONDON, HAD A MORE RESTRAINED COMMENT.

    A NEW PRIME MINISTER IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE ELECTED UNTIL AFTER THE FUNERAL OF DOCTOR VERWOERD, BUT TWO MEN ARE SEEN AS STRONG CANDIDATES.

    ONE IS THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE, MR. JOHN VORSTER. HE IS THE ARCHITECT OF THE SWEEPING SECURITY LAWS THAT HAVE CRUSHED ALL AFRICAN POLITICAL MOVEMENTS AND PLACED THEIR LEADERS IN RESTRICTION OR PRISON. ONE OF MR. VORSTER'S STRONGEST RIVALS IS THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, MR. BEN SCHOEMAN. MR. SCHOEMAN IS ONE OF THE MOST SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE NATIONALIST PARTY. MEANWHILE, THE ACTING PRIME MINISTER IS DR. EBEN DONGES, THE MINISTER OF FINANCE. AT SIXTY-EIGHT HE IS THE CABINET'S MOST SENIOR MEMBER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6DILN787AZZR9WSXZKTWISAN2
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DILN787AZZR9WSXZKTWISAN2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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