• Short Summary

    In South Africa, some aspects of apartheid succumbed to Christmas spirit over the holidays, when thousands of black and white bathers mixed freely on Cape Peninsula beaches reserved for whites only.

  • Description

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    GV Walk Bay on Cape Peninsula
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    2.
    GV PAN ALONG Promenade, water in foreground, train for blacks going past in background
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    3.
    GV Coloured bathers in shallows and crowded beach beyond
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    SV Blacks and coloureds going through open cyclone gate to beach
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    5.
    GV People under makeshift tent on beach
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    6.
    GVs Two signs in English and Afrikaans: "No Dogs Allowed in Pool" and "White Persons Only. This beach and the amenities thereof have been reserved for white persons only" (2 shots)
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    GV Uniformed police on Sunrise Beach at Muizenberg asking coloured family to move on
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    CU Coloured youth speaking in English
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    CU Coloured woman speaking in English
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    GV Glen Beach for whites on Cape
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    GV Whites passing through turnstile with Mercedes Benz in foreground. Cyclone fence cutting across beach (2 shots)
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    12.
    GV White bathers on beach (3 shots)
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    13.
    GVs Crowded beach and shoreline
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    TRANSCRIPT:



    SEQ. 8: COLOURED YOUTH: "Non-whites and dogs not allowed here, that's what they say."



    SEQ. 9: COLOURED WOMAN: "I'm terribly upset, and that's why I'm staying here at this moment."



    REPORTER: (Indistinct)



    COLOURED WOMAN: "Yes, until the fine me, I know it's--I'm just upset because I'm a Cape Townian. I'm South African. I??? my country."





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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In South Africa, some aspects of apartheid succumbed to Christmas spirit over the holidays, when thousands of black and white bathers mixed freely on Cape Peninsula beaches reserved for whites only. The Cape Town City Council refused to enforce apartheid rules, but some beaches are still legally segregated. In the only incident over the holiday period, police ordered some coloured people off a beach near Muizenberg.

    SYNOPSIS: Kalk Bay is one of the Peninsula's non white beaches. Many black and coloured people have argued that their beaches are inferior to white beaches. They are too small, the blacks say, and too rocky for good bathing. Kalk Bay was crowded with blacks and coloureds seeking the Christmas sun, but many more decided to go swimming at Sunrise Beach at Muizenberg.

    There, the signs unmistakably point to exclusive white use. The Cape Town City Council decided not to enforce apartheid rules, but with the signs in place, police are bound to act on complaints--and they did. Eyewitnesses said about 10 cars left after police requested blacks not to swim at Muizenberg. But not everybody agreed to leave.

    At Glen Beach, the City Council erected fences and turnstiles to curb what it calls anti-social behaviour. Residents claim the problem is not racial, but overcrowding. The beach is one of the most exclusive in South Africa. It's no longer a designated white beach. When the signs came down, the turnstiles were erected, and, since then, municipal constables patrol the beach. But residents claim everything is now working well.

    The warm weather has brought out sunseekers of every colour. And teeming beach crowds made enforcing the apartheid rules almost impossible.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7IQ99K8R28G6LRZLSY932309T
    Media URN:
    VLVA7IQ99K8R28G6LRZLSY932309T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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