SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA
The wife of the South African Prime Minister on August 8 paid a visit to the black township of Soweto.
SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA
1. SV Security troops behind wire barrier 0.04
2. GV Police vehicle ZOOM OUT TO group of black African women standing to welcome Mrs Elze Botha and singing (2 shots) 0.20
3. SCU Mrs Botha touches hands of women standing on other side of barrier, as the women chant and wave flags 0.41
4. LV Two soldiers looking on 0.42
5. CU Mrs Botha meeting Mayor of Soweto 0.49
6. SCU Mrs Koornhof with Mrs Botha walking into room with the Mayor and his wife 1.00
7. SCU Mrs Botha and Mrs Koornhof visit nursery school and Mrs Botha passes hand above children's heads 1.23
8. CU ZOOM OUT Mrs Botha and Mrs Koornhof with wife of Mayor sitting in the middle of crowd talking 1.31
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Background: SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA
The wife of the South African Prime Minister on August 8 paid a visit to the black township of Soweto. Mrs Elze Botha was greeted by a group of chanting women waving flags when she arrived in response to an invitation from Soweto Mayor, Ephraim Tshabalala. The women applauded her from outside the Soweto Community Council premises. Mrs Botha was accompanied by the wife of the Minister for Cooperation and Development, Mrs Koornhof. After meeting the mayor the two women went on a tour of Soweto, stopping at schools and greeting children. There were no signs of protest, although the Federation of South African Women had criticised Tshabalala for extending hospitality to the women they called "the two first ladies of apartheid". As the visit was taking place, Piet Koornhof announced plans to leave the Ministry for Cooperation and Development. He gave no reason for his resignation, which takes effect from September 3, the day a new constitution comes into force. Koornhof once said he detested the pass laws which restrict movements of South Africa's black people, but arrests under the laws nearly doubled while he was responsible for applying them. The new constitution is due to give the coloured (mixed race) community a limited political voice.
Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON