Visnews filmed Apr 15 as collectors sold for 3d upwards Africa Day lapel badges (yellow, with black maps of Africa) in the streets of Johannesburg.
CU. Africa Day badge.
LV. Crowds of demonstrators with posters outside City Hall.
SV. Dancer in traditional dress (zulu).
SV. Women with placards.
CU. Woman with war paint of face.
CU. Africa Day badge on woman.
CU. The ANC flag.
SCU. Woman bearing poster.
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Background: Visnews filmed Apr 15 as collectors sold for 3d upwards Africa Day lapel badges (yellow, with black maps of Africa) in the streets of Johannesburg. The cameras went on to film in the environs of the City Hall as lunch time Africa National Congress demonstrators with posters - some wearing traditional Zulu dress - and decorated faces marched under ANC flags.
Africa Day is being celebrated in territories throughout the Union of South Africa in response to a call from last year's Accra Conference to mark "the new era of freedom".
Julius Nyerere, President of the Tanganyika Africa National Union and one of Africa's 'nationalist' key men has sent a lengthy Africa Day message to Johannesburg "Violence is unwise now and unnecessary in the future" he is quoted as saying.
Other incidents in Johannesburg on the day of included decorated float which was cheered through the streets by thumbs-up Africans, the arrest of a truck which tried to tour Alexandra township, and very heavy rain.
Main focal points of demonstrations is the hotly disputed 'Pass Law' requiring all Africans to carry a Pass. Many women have gone to jail in protest (see Visnews No. 11008) (1st Dec 58).