• Short Summary

    In South Africa, and opposition MP has demanded the resignation of Police and Justice Minister James Kruger for his handling of the case of Black activist Steve Biko who died in detention last week.

  • Description

    1.
    SV: outside city hall, Johannesburg.
    0.06

    2.
    SV: Rev. Beyers Naude speaking.
    0.43

    3.
    SV: audience looking on.
    0.46

    4.
    SV: Mr Justice Kowie Marais speaking (2 shots)
    1.42

    5.
    SV: Mrs Helen Suzman, speaking. (2 shots)
    2.18

    6.
    SV PAN: audience applauding.
    2.21


    NAUDE: "To the White liberal Steve is saying it is no longer good enough to voice your opposition to apartheid or separate development merely through motions or resolutions. You should go further. You should become truly committed to the cause of freedom by your willingness to relinquish illegitimate privilege and power and to share such privilege and power with all the people of the land. You should participate more actively and meaningfully in a radical programme of non-violent action to bring about fundamental, social and political change.



    MARIS: "And so I've taken up a more or less equivocal attitude. But I can tell you this, ladies and gentlemen, since Tuesday of last week, I've become the complete, unequivocal enemy of the security legislation in South Africa. I don't blame this person or blame that person. I simply say the system as it has been introduced and applied in South Africa is not capable of healthy, sound administration by human beings. It would need a God to do it properly."



    SUZMAN: "I'll not attempt to anticipate the findings of the post-mortem, I'm, however, quite prepared to state unequivocally that the indirect cause of Steve Biko's death is Section 6 of the Terrorism Act of 1967. And if everyone of us leaves this hall today vowing to do all that we can to restore sane government in South Africa, Steve Biko will not have died in vain."




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    Background: In South Africa, and opposition MP has demanded the resignation of Police and Justice Minister James Kruger for his handling of the case of Black activist Steve Biko who died in detention last week. Mrs Helen Suzman bitterly condemned the country's detention laws and Mr Kruger's handling of the affair. There were loud cheers at a protest meeting when she made the resignation call and urged her audience to vow to restore what she called a sane government to South Africa. Mrs Suzman was among a number of speakers who addressed a lunch-time meeting in Johannesburg on Monday (19 September). It had been called to protest at the death of 30-year-old Mr Biko, who was honorary president of the Black People's Convention and a leading advocate of the so-called Black Consciousness movement. The meeting was also addressed by the Reverend Beyers Naude, head of the Christian Institute of south Africa and former supreme Court judge Mr Justice Kowie Marais. some 2,000 people came to the City Hall in Johannesburg to hear them speak.

    SYNOPSIS: First to address the meeting was Mr Naude, head of the Christian Institute.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7UUZOKALRQRL9W7B3J9UTP57Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA7UUZOKALRQRL9W7B3J9UTP57Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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