Demonstrations, violence and guerrilla activities rocked South Africa as hundreds of school-children went to the funeral of one of their fellow students, shot dead during demonstrations last week against South Africa's unequal educational system.
CU Sign of Elsies River Norwood Central Primary School.
SV Volunteer firemen spraying water into burning classroom.
SV INTERIOR Firemen fighting fire.
TV PAN Church service being relayed over loudspeakers to large crowd outside. (3 SHOTS)
SV Children's coffins carried from church as crowds sing 'We Shall Overcome'. (2 shots)
SV Relatives of dead children following coffins.
SV Police car escort leads cortege.
SV Relatives carrying flowers following cortege.
GV Schoolchildren following Cortege. (2 SHOTS)
CU Coffins in hearse on arrival at cemetery.
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Background: Demonstrations, violence and guerrilla activities rocked South Africa as hundreds of school-children went to the funeral of one of their fellow students, shot dead during demonstrations last week against South Africa's unequal educational system. The funeral was held on the day that guerrillas inflicted massive damage on fuel plants in South Africa, and as firemen were still damping down fires caused during student rioting in Cape Town.
SYNOPSIS: Rioting in the Elsies River community ended with the deaths of two coloured youths and the burning of this school, where mixed race students have been boycotting classes in protest at what they see as an inadequate educational system.
And on Monday (2 June) hundreds gathered for the funeral of 15-year-old Bernard Fortuin, one of the two students who died in last week's clashes with police.
Inside and outside the church, the mourners sang the universal song of protest.
Meanwhile, it was still not clear if the deaths of Fortuin and the other coloured youth were directly connected with the school boycott. Eyewitnesses said a van with tow white men in civilian clothes drew up in busy street where cars had been stoned during the day (28 May). One of the occupants of the van then pulled out a rifle and began firing. Meanwhile, the student protest continued. Other outbreaks of violence shook Cape Town and other areas as the Elsies River funeral was taking place.