• Short Summary

    A party of journalists on Wednesday night (21 August) ended a two-day on-the-spot investigation into an alleged massacre in the Caprivi Strip area of South-West Africa.

  • Description

    A party of journalists on Wednesday night (21 August) ended a two-day on-the-spot investigation into an alleged massacre in the Caprivi Strip area of South-West Africa. However, the journalists did not find anyone who knew of the alleged incident.

    Two accounts of alleged massacres exist. One says that South African forces killed 63 people in a Caprivi village during October, 1968; a second says 105 were massacred by troops last September.

    The South African Government, which rules South-West Africa under a disputed mandate from the defunct League of Nations, categorically denied the allegations. The Government invited journalists to tour the area and discover the facts for themselves. The journalists were guided by South African officials, but were free to nominate the areas they wanted to inspect.

    The tour was organised in answer to a Swedish Television programme, in which it was claimed two cameramen had visited the Caprivi Strip secretly and filmed the skulls of massacre victims. An elderly man, said to be the solve survivor of one atrocity, was interviewed int he Swedish programme.

    The party visited three villages, where they spoke to local people. They also questioned mission priests and Caprivi tribal leaders.

    SYNOPSIS: A party of sixteen international journalists made a two-day helicopter tour of the Caprivi Strip, in South-West Africa this month, to investigate massacre charges against the South African authorities.

    The journalists visited three villages--but at the end of the investigation on Wednesday had failed to find anyone who could confirm the allegations. They spoke to villagers, Caprivi tribal leaders and mission priests.

    Two accounts of the alleged atrocities exist. The first is that south African forces killed sixty-three people in a Caprivi village in October, nineteen sixty-eight.

    The second says one hundred and five villagers were massacred by troops last September.

    The South African Government, which rules South-West Africa under a disputed mandate from the defunct League of Nations, denied the allegations.

    The South Africans invited the journalists to tour the area in an attempt to discover the facts for themselves.

    The journalists were guided throughout by South African officials, but were free to nominate the areas they wished to visit, At all three villages, the responses were the same -- no-one had seen anything to indicate there'd been a massacre.

    The Government tour was organised after one of the massacre allegations was repeated in a Swedish Television documentary. Two cameramen claimed they'd interviewed the solve survivor of the atrocity. They also said they'd visited Caprivi secretly and filmed the skulls of massacre victims.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7K5MPBK3SU7P3SG2RWH1IEAX0
    Media URN:
    VLVA7K5MPBK3SU7P3SG2RWH1IEAX0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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