• Short Summary

    Schools in Soweto remained deserted up to the weekend in the face of a blanket boycott by pupils in the black South African township outside Johannesburg, following the June riots which left 176 dead and more than one thousand injured.

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    Schools in Soweto remained deserted up to the weekend in the face of a blanket boycott by pupils in the black South African township outside Johannesburg, following the June riots which left 176 dead and more than one thousand injured. The riots were sparked off by the compulsory use of Afrikaans -- a language alien to the country's block population -- as a teaching medium. Most of the deaths were caused by police opening fire on rioters, including large numbers o children. Sporadic violence has followed since then.

    SYNOPSIS: The Government allowed the schools to re-open after they were ordered closed, but pupils stayed away anyway. talks have been taking place between black and white authorities ??? try and find a solution to the impasse, while teachers report for work as usual. One black headmaster expressed his concern.

    In Pretoria, Justice Minister James Kruger met Soweto officials on Friday (30 July) -- giving them permission to hold a rally on Sunday (1 August). After the meeting he said a solution was in sight -- but the subsequent rally was poorly attended, arousing little interest.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8VMS0EFM3J2DHKSDH5DFDUKLX
    Media URN:
    VLVA8VMS0EFM3J2DHKSDH5DFDUKLX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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