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    Reporters coming out of South Africa indicate that black unrest is still simmering in the country's African townships.

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    GV AND CU Damaged exterior of school showing windows blown out and cracked masonry. (6 shots)

    CU Mr. Naude speaking to camera. (2 shots)

    NAUDE: "With this new citizenship bill which is now being discussed in Parliament, the government insists that all Xhosas should be seen as Transkei citizens and will not be granted citizenship in South Africa. That means that - and the Transkei's opposing this - Chief Kaiser Matanzima very strongly - and if therefore the Government enforce this and Matanzima continues to oppose this, one and a quarter million so-called citizens of the Transkei will be left stateless. And if the same model and pattern is followed with regard to the other homelands, it means that white South Africa - the situation will end up where eventually between six and seven million africans will be living, working - yes, the majority also of their children being born in South Africa, but be seen to be stateless citizens. The Prime Minister has referred to a situation emerging to be one....to be such. But the fact is that they will be living, working, in white South Africa without any citizenship, without any possibility to obtain a passport. And I think the Government is going to enforce certain rules and regulations whereby they will only be able to obtain a home and employment and the very limited rights that they might have, if and after they have taken out their citizenship. If not - God only knows what will happen.

    Shortly before he was interviewed, Dr. Naude had been released from prison. He had been imprisoned on thursday (28 October) because he refused on principle to pay a fine of GBP36(sterling). The fine had been imposed by a Pretoria magistrate three years ago after Dr. Naude had refused to testify before an official commission of inquiry. The commission had been investigating radical organisations, including the Christian Institute, to determine whether they threatened the state. Dr. Naude had decided to go to jail rather than to continue appealing against the fine. He was released after the minister of the local church paid the fine.

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    Background: Reporters coming out of South Africa indicate that black unrest is still simmering in the country's African townships. Major trouble is expected next week in Soweto township near johannesburg, where students have called for a five-day stay-at-home by township residents. During the past week, when the independence of Transkei was being criticised at the United Nations, there has been mounting tension and a number of bomb incidents.

    SYNOPSIS: One such incident wrecked this high school in an African township near Pretoria. Nobody was injured, but the explosion caused damage estimated at three thousand, five hundred pounds (5,530 dollars US). At the beginning of the week black militants also bombed a police station in Soweto and a nearby railway line. White anti-apartheid campaigners are also becoming more vocal. Dr. Beyers Naude, the Director of the Christian Institute of South Africa, was asked his opinion of Transkei's independence.

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