The death toll from three days of rioting in black African townships in South Africa was reported to have passed 70 on Friday (18 June) night, making the outburst the worst in the country's history.
AERIAL VIEW Burning buildings in East Rand
GVs Police reinforcements arriving in Alexandra and police operating road blocsk (5 shots)
GV Police opening fire on rioters
MVs Children squabbling while police look on (2 shots)
MVs Police patrolling burnt building and road block (2 shots)
MV Speeding car goes through road block - occupants are shot by police (3 shots)
MVs Police and black men and women rush to overturned car to retrieve bodies and police taunted by rioters (5 shots)
MV Black youths stoning police
CU Vorster speaking
AERIAL VIEWS SHOWING Burning buildings & wrecked houses (3 shots)
MV Police operating road block
CU Vorster speaking
SMALL: "Squads of police rode through the streets of Alexandra to try to protect (indistinct) and public buildings from the fury of the African demonstrator. They were met ny angry groups of youths who'd been on the rampage from early this morning. Cars were attacked, buses set alight and the Dutch Reform church was burnt down. A bugle blazed furiously, rioters kept up volleys of stone throwing. As the situation worsened, more police had to be drafted in. Bricks, rocks and beef bottles were flung at the police in clashes which broke out at several points in the township. The full casualty list has still to be officially confirmed. Two men were shot dead after a car sped along one of the streets and tried to run down police at an intersection."
VORSTER: "The violence and arson which have prevailed in Soweto for the past two days have spread to several other places. Their object is to cause large scale panic in South Africa (indistinct) by speeding rumours. Besides the rumours which are being spread so deliberately and in such an organised way, the object is that panic should be sown by way of arson. I have to inform you that the police have been instructed regardless of who is involved to proteus lives and property with every means at their disposal. If, as it would seem to me, people have the idea that the Government, in view of my intended talks, will now hesitate to act, they are making a mistake. I want to emphasise that however important these talks are - and they are very important - law and order in South Africa is more important to be than anything else."
Despite the violence, South African Prime Minister John Vorster is planning to go ahead with his meeting in West Germany on 23 and 24 June with United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Their talks are expected to centre on the overall racial situation in southern Africa.
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Background: The death toll from three days of rioting in black African townships in South Africa was reported to have passed 70 on Friday (18 June) night, making the outburst the worst in the country's history. The rioting, which began on Wednesday (16 June) after demonstrations by schoolchildren in the vast Soweto township, spread on Friday to other townships ringing; Johannesburg. BBC reporter Clive Small takes up the story.
SYNOPSIS: In a nationwide television broadcast, South African Prime Minister John Vorster warned of strong measures to restore law and order.