• Short Summary

    A SOUTH AFRICAN NEWSPAPER, THE JOHANNESBURG STAR, REPORTED ON TUESDAY THAT ABOUT TWO THOUSAND AFRICANS ARE LIVING IN TWO TENT CAMPS AFTER BEING COMPULSORILY MOVED FROM THEIR HOMES IN AN AFRICAN TOWNSHIP.

  • Description

    A SOUTH AFRICAN NEWSPAPER, THE JOHANNESBURG STAR, REPORTED ON TUESDAY THAT ABOUT TWO THOUSAND AFRICANS ARE LIVING IN TWO TENT CAMPS AFTER BEING COMPULSORILY MOVED FROM THEIR HOMES IN AN AFRICAN TOWNSHIP.

    BEFORE THE MOVE, THE AFRICANS WERE LIVING IN BESTERSPRUIT TOWNSHIP, AT VRYHEID, NATAL, BUT WERE ORDERED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES UNDER SOUTH AFRICA'S GROUPS AREAS ACT, WHICH LAYS DOWN THAT DIFFERENT RACIAL GROUPS MUST LIVE APART. THE AFRICANS WILL HAVE TO LIVE IN THE TENT CAMPS WHILE OTHER ACCOMMODATION IS BUILT.

    SO FAR, AUTHORITIES HAVE REFUSED PERMISSION FOR REPORTERS AND CAMERAMEN TO VISIT THE TENT CAMPS, AND THE ONLY FILM TAKEN SO FAR HAS BEEN FROM THE AIR.

    IN PUBLISHING A PHOTOGRAPH OF ONE OF THESE TENT CAMPS, THE JOHANNESBURG STAR DESCRIBED IT AS "REMINISCENT OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS SET UP DURING THE SOUTH AFRICAN (BOER) WAR." ONE OF THE CAMPS IS 28 MILES FROM VRYHEID, ALTHOUGH MANY OF THE AFRICANS WILL HAVE TO EARN THEIR LIVING IN THE TOWN.

    THE AFRICANS HAD FREEHOLD RIGHTS IN BESTERSPRUIT AND THEY COMPLAIN THAT THE TENTS ARE UNBEARABLY HOT, CRAMPED AND UNHYGIENIC. MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS IN VRYHEID SAY THAT THE AFRICAN TOWNSHIP WAS A SLUM AND THAT WOODEN PRE-FAB HUTS WERE ON THEIR WAY FROM DURBAN FOR THE EVICTED FAMILIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACQQXEHCAQSZ9ZRM2D0GENXO5R
    Media URN:
    VLVACQQXEHCAQSZ9ZRM2D0GENXO5R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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