United States Senator Robert Kennedy was mobbed and cheered by thousands of Africans yesterday (Wednesday) when he toured the Soweto African township southwest of Johannesburg.
Mobs pressing round Senator Kennedy's car as he stands and sits on the roof shaking hands with people; and visiting school.
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Background: United States Senator Robert Kennedy was mobbed and cheered by thousands of Africans yesterday (Wednesday) when he toured the Soweto African township southwest of Johannesburg.
Senator Kennedy, who had earlier seen the Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Albert Lutuli, was on a two-hour tour of Soweto before going to reception given by the Johannesburg Bar Council. Suddenly the huge crowd, about half of them white, swept round the Senator's car. A rush-hour traffic jam formed as the Senator, nearly crushed by people wishing to shake his hand, was forced on to the roof.
Once there he delivered an impromptu speech calling for friendship between the United States and South Africa and an end to discrimination of all forms.
There were so many people pressing around the car at this stage that Senator Kennedy could not get down from the roof. After about 50 yards the car pulled sufficiently clear for the 40 year-old New Yorker to jump down and into the car.
After leaving the township, the Senator stopped at the Orlando High School. He was loudly cheered when he spoke of his meeting with Mr. Lutuli. Once again it was a rousing farewell as Senator Kennedy was cheered away from the school. When the Senator finally managed to make his way to the Johannesburg reception, another large crowd greeted him at the entrance.
Senator Kennedy was thunderously applauded last night after his last major speaking engagement at Witwatersrand University. Today he flies to Tanzania for a four-day visit.