In South Africa, the teenage daughter of the black leader Nelson Mandela on Thursday (20 March) appealed for his release from jail at a rally in Johannesburg.
GV Crowds of students outside University of Witwatersrand PAN TO students signing petition
CU Students signing petition
GVs Crowds of students outside university (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR from "Free Mandela" campaign sign to Mr Nthato Motlana, Chairman of Soweto Committee of Ten, speaking (two shots)
CU Bishop Desmond Tutu listening
SV Mr Motlana speaking
SV PAN students applaud
LV Zinzi Mandela speaking (2 shots)
SV Students applaud
SV Zinza Mandela embraced by Motlana at end of her speech
CU Bishop Tutu embraces Zinzi Mandela
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Background: In South Africa, the teenage daughter of the black leader Nelson Mandela on Thursday (20 March) appealed for his release from jail at a rally in Johannesburg. The rally was held at the University of Witwatersrand on the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings, when police opened fire on a large crowd of black demonstrators.
SYNOPSIS: About fifteen hundred students, most of them white, packed into the university's Great Hall, and an estimated three thousand outside listened to loudspeakers. Student leaders said they were organising a petition calling for the release of Mr Mandela. He was imprisoned for life in 1964 after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the government.
A campaign for Mandela's release was launched by black leaders a week ago to coincide with the anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings, in which some seventy people died and two hundred were wounded. Among speakers to the rally were black community leader, Nthato Motlana, and Bishop Desmond Tuto. The speakers said must blacks regarded Mandela, now 61, as their true leader. His daughter, Zindzi, was three when he was jailed.
Miss Mandela, now aged nineteen, said she has seen the anger of her people mounting, but perhaps with the release of her father, there could be an alternative to a bloodbath. As part of the campaign to free Nelson Mandela, students are planning for thousands of people to bombard the prison where he's kept, with phone calls calling for the black leaders release.