More than 7,000 people packed the Roman Catholic Regina Mundi church in Soweto on Saturday to commemorate the third anniversary of bloody riots in the black township south of Johannesburg.
GV INT Regina Mundi Church, Soweto, with full congregation.
CU Man singing PULL BACK TO congregation singing.
CU Dr. Nthato Motlana leader of the Soweto Committee of Ten, speaking in English, and congregation reacting. (4 SHOTS)
MV People singing PAN TO Crucifix.
CU EXT Dr. Motlana talking to camera.
TRANSCRIPT: MOTLANA:"We commiserate with the relatives as they console themselves. We must remind ourselves of the sacrifice when they said: 'we are here, we shall concentrate our power in lieu of separate development and in that way we shall achieve "amandla"'. They establish so-called regional committees and they themselves select who will serve on those committees. They didn't ask you and I to come together and select your representatives. They didn't ask you and I to come together and define and decide on the kind of things these representatives may do. Oh no, oh no. They do not consult you, they simply tell you what to do...
MOTLANA:"I think that one must admit that there have been a few cosmetic changes, after all we do have our meals sometimes, if we choose to, at the Carlton Hotel. The Department of Bantu Education has had the name changed to Education and Training, a Minister has been changed, the act has been scrapped and replaced with another (INDISTINCT) Act as we call it. Therefore some attempts have been made, but we think they are more of a bluff than genuine changes, so basically they haven't made changes at all except for the cosmetic changes."
REPORTER:"This is on the side of the white administrators, what about the attitude of the blacks themselves in South Africa.?"
MOTLANA:"I think the most important results of the disturbances in 1976 have been the effect of those killings of those meetings, of those demonstrations on the minds of the young blacks. I think for the first time you see a generation of politicised activists. Young blacks who will not accept the kind of unfair, unjust policies that their fathers have lived with for the last 300 years. I think that the young blacks that you see around here, are ready, if the Government doesn't keep to its promises, to mount even bigger demonstrations and protest marches."
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Background: More than 7,000 people packed the Roman Catholic Regina Mundi church in Soweto on Saturday to commemorate the third anniversary of bloody riots in the black township south of Johannesburg. The official death toll of the rioting in 1976 was put at about 180... observers at the time said several hundred black youths were killed in Soweto alone - and the riots spread to other cities as well. There is still a ban on public meetings in the black "township" so church services have become as much a political as religious occasion.
SYNOPSIS: This was one of several services held throughout the country, and, in contrast to previous anniversary services which resulted in violence between blacks and police, there were no police around the church. The congregation was addressed by one of Soweto's most respected leaders, Doctor Nthato Motlana, a former member of the African National Congress.