• Short Summary

    Visnews filmed Apl 16 Architecture students at work in Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, and their subsequent stoppage in protest against the colour bar element of the 'Extension of University Education' 'Bill.

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    GV Students at work in University.

    CU Ditto.

    CU Notice 'Lecture Cancelled'

    CU Notice 'Mass dedication Great Hall'

    STV Academic procession enter Great Hall

    SV Ditto.

    STV Justice Feetham the Chancellor enters hall

    Angle shot... University staff on platform

    GV Students seated at protest meeting.

    SV Exterior...Students stand on steps for a minute's silence.

    CU Student looks at watch.

    LV University flag.

    GV University showing giant poster covering the front of the main building

    LV Students leaving university.

    SV Ditto.

    Zoom in .. to poster covering whole of front of main building.
    07 Initials AW/CW WS/RL Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Visnews filmed Apl 16 Architecture students at work in Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, and their subsequent stoppage in protest against the colour bar element of the 'Extension of University Education' 'Bill. Council, Staff, senate, Committee members and students - a total of 5,700 - are joined in this protest against segregation among higher education.

    From next year, according to the Bill, (now before Parliament), native, Indian and coloured students will be required to register at the new tribal colleges the government is setting up for them. At present there are 200 such students at Witwatersrand.

    "The time for debate, discussion argument and counter argument" is now past, said Professor I.D.MacCrone, senior member of the Senate, at a meeting in the great Hall prior to the stoppage, and Witwatersrand "will become that strange anomaly in the academic world 9- an apartheid university brought into existence by the legislative coercion and against the all-but-unanimous wish of the members...of the University." "We have ceased to be the kind of University we once were and in which we took a pride" he added.

    Vice Chancellor W.G. Sutton pledged "to continue to defend the ideal of open Universities against all." They stood in silence at this point, before leaving the University precincts.

    "We affirm in the name of the University of the Witwatersrand that it is our duty: to uphold the principle that a University is a place where men and women without regard to race and colour are welcome to join in the acquisition and advancement of knowledge; and continue faithfully to defend this ideal against all who have sought by legislative enactment to curtail the autonomy of the University.....Now therefore we dedicate ourselves to the maintenance of this ideal and to the restoration of the autonomy of our University."
    April 11th newspapers in the Union carried the texts of exchanges between CR Swart (Minister of Justice) writing as Chancellor of the University of the Free State, and the Committee fro Economic Freedom of the Cape Town University. He asked what policy they followed with mixed students, told them he had come to the conclusion that "as long as it was the policy of the community" he would practice social but not academic segregation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB4WRMLCI4A5M3QVCZ251YFAUY
    Media URN:
    VLVAB4WRMLCI4A5M3QVCZ251YFAUY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
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    N/A

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