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.
GV Walk Bay on Cape Peninsula
GV PAN ALONG Promenade, water in foreground, train for blacks going past in background
GV Coloured bathers in shallows and crowded beach beyond
SV Blacks and coloureds going through open cyclone gate to beach
GV People under makeshift tent on beach
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)
GV Uniformed police on Sunrise Beach at Muizenberg asking coloured family to move on
CU Coloured youth speaking in English
CU Coloured woman speaking in English
GV Glen Beach for whites on Cape
GV Whites passing through turnstile with Mercedes Benz in foreground. Cyclone fence cutting across beach (2 shots)
GV White bathers on beach (3 shots)
GVs Crowded beach and shoreline
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."
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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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.