Black schoolchildren in townships around the South African cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria returned to their classes in comparative peace on Thursday (22 July).
Black schoolchildren in townships around the South African cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria returned to their classes in comparative peace on Thursday (22 July). But there were still some reports of violence continuing in a few townships.
SYNOPSIS: One of the townships affected by the violence earlier this week was Witbank. Police fired warning shots when roving mobs stoned cars and set fire to offices and shops. The rioting left at least two dead and 20 injured. Police said that one African youth was found dead with a bullet wound in his head. Another apparently died after being knocked down by a government vehicle when the driver accelerated to escape from the mob.
The schools were closed on 16 June when a student march, protesting against the use of the Afrikaans language as a medium of instruction, led to rioting in the township of Soweto. The violence spread to other African townships, leaving 176 people dead and more than 1,000 injured. Black leaders have been talking with government officials in the hope of settling the grievances which have caused the renewed rioting.