South Africa's key political figures attended commemorative rallies thoughout the country on Wednesday (June 16) to mark the 17th anniversary of the Soweto massacre.
SOWETO, VOSLOOSRUS AND JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (JUNE
15 AND 16, 1993/ FILE)
VOSLOORUS (JUNE 16)(QUEBEKA - ZDF FOR POOL)
1. GVS: PEOPLE ARMED WITH SPEARS MARCHING TO STADIUM FOR AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS RALLY (2 SHOTS) 0.07
ORLANDO STADIUM, SOWETO (JUNE 16) (MALHERBE - RTV)
2. GV: EC MONITORS OUTSIDE STADIUM 0.09
3. GV: POLICE PATROLLING 0.13
4. GV/SV: CHEERING CROWDS BEHIND FENCE IN STADIUM (2 SHOTS) 0.20
5. CU: ANC YOUTH LEADER PETER MOKABA SAYING THEY WILL NEVER TEACH US WHAT TO SING (ENGLISH) 0.31
6. GV: HELICOPTER FLYING OVERHEAD 0.33
7. GV/SV: AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA SAYING IF FORCE IS USED THEY WILL PUT UP A FIGHT (ENGLISH) (2 SHOTS) 0.55
JABULANI STADIUM, SOWETO (JUNE 16)(MALHERBE - RTV)
8. GVS: PAN AFRICANIST CONGRESS RALLY/ CROWDS GATHERING WITH PAC BANNERS (3 SHOTS) 1.04
SOWETO(MALHERBE - RTV)
9. GVS/SV: PRIEST AND MOURNERS AT MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HECTOR PETERSON KILLED IN 1976 UPRISING/ WOMAN LAYING WREATH/ WOMEN WEEPING (3 SHOTS) 1.16
JOHANNESBURG (JUNE 15)(MALHERBE - RTV)
10.GV: EXTERIOR TRADE CENTRE 1.18
11.GV: MEETING IN SESSION 1.21
12.GV: CONSERVATIVE REPRESENTATIVES WALKING OUT OF
FILE (JUNE 16, 1976)(RTV LIBRARY)
13. GV: BURNING BUILDINGS 1.34
14. CU/GV: ARMED POLICE IN STREET/ PEOPLE HIDING BEHIND BARRICADE 1.40
15. GV: CROWDS OF DEMONSTRATORS BY OVERTURNED CAR 1.44
16. GV: DEMONSTRATORS CROUCHED BEHIND OVERTURNED CAR 1.46
17. GV: WOMAN SHOUTING AT POLICE 1.50
18. GVS: PEOPLE THROWING STONES, AUDIO GUNFIRE (2 SHOTS) 1.55
19. GV: POLICE CARRYING INJURED DEMONSTRATOR 2.00
TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 5, ANC YOUTH LEADER PETER MOKABA: "THEY WILL
NEVER TEACH US WHAT TO SING, THEY WILL NEVER TEACH US HOW TO SING."
TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 7, ANC PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA: "WE WILL NOT
LET THEM DOWN AS LONG AS THEY ARE REASONABLE. BUT IF THEY ARE USING
FORCE, IF THEY ARE USING FORCE, THEN THEY WILL HAVE A FIGHT ON
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Background: South Africa's key political figures attended commemorative rallies thoughout the country on Wednesday (June 16) to mark the 17th anniversary of the Soweto massacre.
In Vosloosrus, east of Johannesburg, the Zulu-based Inkatha Freedom Party commemorated the uprising at a rally addressed by Inkatha youth brigade leader Peter Mokaba.
African National Congress (ANC) president Nelson Mandela told a crowd of thousands at a rally at the Orlando stadium in Soweto that the time had come to extend the hand of friendship and build a nation. But he said if violence was used, they would need to fight.
In Soweto's Jabulani stadium, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) held a meeting attended by about 10,000 people. Soweto was also the scene for a memorial service for Hector Peterson, the first child victim of the uprising.
Also on Wednesday, Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said he and his allies demanded full debate on whether South Africa should be a federation or a unitary state.
Buthelezi's Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and its black and white conservative allies staged a temporary walkout of democracy talks on Tuesday saying they believe negotiators are obstructing demands for a federal system.
African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Cyril Ramaphosa described the move as an attempt to buy time on a merely procedural issue.
The 20 remaining groups, including the government, passed a resolution recommending the country's first all-race election be held on April 27 next year About a dozen white right-wingers, some dressed in military uniforms, staged a demonstration outside the negotiators' venue, opposed to the setting of an election date.
More than 250 school children were killed and about 25O injured by government troops in the Soweto protest of June 16, 1976, against government plans to enforce Afrikaans as the language for instruction in black schools.