In the African township of Walmer, outside Port Elizabeth, African rioters burnt to the ground the Anglican Church of St.
In the African township of Walmer, outside Port Elizabeth, African rioters burnt to the ground the Anglican Church of St. Augustine, Apr10. The church also served as a school for 150 African children, who for the present have been moved to a nearby municipal hall.
Later an attempt to burn down the township's Methodist church, was foiled by the police aided by a group of African residents. Two attempts have been made to destroy the township supermarket's office by fire. On the first occasion a blazing sack soaked with paraffin was tossed through a shattered window pane, but the only damage was a scorch mark on the floor. The second try also failed, when a group of Africans emptied a bottle of paraffin under the door and set it alight.
Municipal workmen have been kept busy repairing broken windows. Wire screens will be fitted to the office windows to prevent any further damage. Throughout the township discontented Africans have caused large-scale damage. Police patrols are still on the alert in case of further trouble.
At present the Native Affairs department is in the process of moving residents of the old African township of New Brighton to the recently constructed township of Kwazakele. Similar movement of Africans has caused rioting in several towns and cities throughout South Africa in recent months.