South Africa's Education Minister believes "remarkable progress has been made" in black education in his country.
GV EXT I.D. Mzike High School building in Guguletu township, Cape Town, South Africa.
CU Lock and chain on gate of school.
GV Empty school building.
GV PAN Schoolchildren in playground of Guguletu township.
GV People milling in street.
SV Ambulance under police escort arrives at scene of bus stoning.
SCU Black passenger of bus showing off wound on arm PAN TO smashed windscreen of bus.
SV PAN Troops carrying child into front seat of ambulance. (2 SHOTS)
GV Troops moving in jeep along layby in street.
GV PAN Caltex tanker lorry drives up outside police station.
SV & CU Smashed windows of lorry and stone in cabins (2 SHOTS)
SCU Driver of lorry showing out on forehead.
SV PAN Troops filming damage on lorry and others unloading shotguns. (2 SHOTS)
GV Troops stopping traffic and checking cars.
GV Workers jumping off back of lorry.
CU South African Minister for Education Dr. Ferdie Hartzenberg being interviewed in English by Christo Kritzinger of South African Broadcasting Corporation.(3 SHOTS)
HARTZENBERG:"It is not the function of the Education Department to deal with intimidatory. The real solution lies with the community itself. They must liberate themselves from these negative influences."
KRITZINGER:"But is the boycott in the first instance not an outcry against the black education system in South Africa?"
HARTZENBERG:"It is unfortunately true that people are grossly misinformed and misled about the real facts concerning black education. Remarkable progress has been made during the last couple of years, and all the facts are available from my department."
REPORTER: CHRISTO KRITZINGER
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Background: South Africa's Education Minister believes "remarkable progress has been made" in black education in his country. In an interview with SABC's Christo Kritzinger, Education Minister Dr. Fordie Hartzenberg claimed people were misled about the truth of black education in South Africa. Dr. Hartzenberg's remarks came in the wake of mounting violence surrounding the four-month old boycott of classes by black schoolchildren in the Cape Town area.
SYNOPSIS: I.D. Mzike High School in Guguletu township remained under lock and key on Wednesday (10 September). The Education Minister had announced the closure of senior high schools in Eastern Cape cities in answer to the school boycott. Only 29 pupils attended classes in Port Elizabeth by Monday (8 September), the deadline Dr. Hartzenberg had set for the end of the strike. There are several thousand black schoolchildren in the Cape Town area, and with the boycott continuing so effectively, Dr. Hartzenberg ordered the schools shut.
A growing wave of violence associated with the school boycott has provoked an obvious police presence. Riot troops accompanied this ambulance to the scene of a school bus stoning. There were several minor injuries.
Ironically it was a 12-year-old girl, Berenice Adriaanse, who suffered most from the stoning. She is crippled and the disruption meant she had to be -- somewhat apprehensively -- taken home under police escort.
The schoolbus stoning is o isolated incident. The stoning of vehicles has become so common that a continuous stream of lorries and bases drive up at police stations.
The drivers often are hurt in the stonings, too. This man received cuts on his head from the breaking glass of his windscreen.
Police record each incident. It is difficult to prevent the stonings, so police in the Cape area turn out in force apparently to scare off potential offenders.
Police sealed off Guguletu township on Wednesday afternoon. Commercial trucks, taxis and buses were prevented from entering. Dr. Hartzenberg insists the community itself must prevent the violence.