INTRODUCTION: A crowd of several thousand people attended the funeral in Cape Town on Saturday (28 March) of former African National Congress leader Joseph Ndabezitha.
GV Crowds singing, carrying coffin of Joseph Ndabezitha and ANC flags and banners
SV Crowds singing around graveside PAN TO Reverend Marawu officiating
CU PAN FROM Beautifully carved and decorated coffin TO crowds singing
CU Mrs. Dora Tamana leading crowd in punctuated chanting as coffin lowered into ground (2 shots)
CU Grave being filled in as chanting continues (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A crowd of several thousand people attended the funeral in Cape Town on Saturday (28 March) of former African National Congress leader Joseph Ndabezitha. The African National Congress was banned by the South African government 21 years ago.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Ndabezitha, who was 54, died last week after a short illness. Thousands of blacks, some carrying Congress flags and banners, marched through the streets of Guguletu, where he lived. Police were there, but they kept a low profile.
Mr. Ndabezitha who was an executive member of the Cape Branch of the Congress, was one of 49 people who in 1964 was charged with being a member of the banned organisation. A year later, he and 14 others were sentenced to six years on the charges, but they later were freed on appeal. Officiating at the funeral was the Reverend Howard Marawu, one of the men convicted with him in 1964.
The A.N.C. was banned after 30,000 blacks marched on Cape Town on March 30 1960 against pass laws. The attendance att he funeral indicates there is still support for the organisation.