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    In South Africa, three men have appeared in court following an alleged attempt to murder the country's opposition leader, Colin Eglin, who leads the left-of-centre Progressive Federal Party.

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    LV Outgoing Progressive Federal Party leader Colin Eglin leaves home in Clifton, Cape Town.

    MV Security guard.

    MV Sea breaking on shore PAN TO Eglin's home.

    MV Eglin points to where shooting occurred.

    GV Supreme court back entrance with prosecution council including F. Khan, Deputy Attorney General of Cape arriving at court

    CU Mr.Van Elst, Chairman of the Conservative Students' Alliance, answering questions.

    GV Street at back of court.

    CU Mr. Dave Hill, President of National Union of South African Students, answering questions.

    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "To what extent do you think the Conservative Students' Alliance is representative of students' views?"

    VAN ELST: SEQ 6: "Well the UCT campus is liberal. We claim, and maybe could prove it, that we certainly hold the majority of students. Our support is small actively, but passively we have support which is far in excess of that of the left."

    REPORTER: "Is the Conservative Students Alliance on the campus representative of white students views?"

    HILL: SEQ 8: "Well, the Conservative Students Alliance founded at the end of 1977 and immediately launched a campaign to take over student government, particularly the Student's Representative Council. They put up a large bloc of candidates in the SRC elections, all of whom were defeated, except Brian Hack. The SRC itself is at present, and has been for the past number of years, composed largely of people who fundamentally oppose the status quo in South Africa. I think it would be fair to say that the CSA is therefore fairly unrepresentative of certain English speaking whites in this country."

    The men charged under the Terrorism Act are David Beelders, Arnold van der Westhuizen -- a businessman -- and 22-year-old University of Cape Town student, Bryan Hack. Their trial -- one of three involving terrorist offenses currently underway in South Africa -- is expected to be lengthy.

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    Background: In South Africa, three men have appeared in court following an alleged attempt to murder the country's opposition leader, Colin Eglin, who leads the left-of-centre Progressive Federal Party. The three accused have been charged under the Terrorism Act, which has usually been invoked against left wingers attempting to overthrow the apartheid system. The three men are acknowledged right-wingers and one of them is president of the Conservative Student's Alliance at the University of Cape Town (U.C.T.). South Africa has seen an increase in right wing terrorism activities in recent years. A former Naval University lecturer was shot dead in January last year and other incidents have ranged from attempted under, arson, assault, petrol bomb attacks and general harassment. Victims have ranged from the radically left to those who are merely thought to oppose the policies of the South African government.

    SYNOPSIS: Colin Eglin and his wife live in the elegant Cape Town suburb of Clifton. It was here that gunmen opened fire just after midnight on April the twelfth this year. Two bullets were found embedded in the wall. Police later arrested three men who appeared in court on Wednesday (1 August).

    The Conservative Students' Alliance is still an active organisation in Cape Town.

    But the National Union of South African Students disputes this.

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