JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
White students in Johannesburg took part in a torch-lit protest on Monday (8 February) to mourn the death in police custody of white union organiser, Doctor Neil Aggett.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1. GV Man with torch standing at roadside PAN TO man holding portrait of Dr. Neil Aggett. (2 SHOTS) 0.10
2. GV ZOOM IN TO SV Police vehicles at roadside. 0.13
3. SV PULL BACK TO GV Man standing at roadside. 0.18
4. SV People standing at regular intervals holding lit torches, with one holding poster reading '46 deaths; you should not be silent'. 0.27
5. CU Woman PULL OUT TO placard reading 'The system kills' 0.32
6. SV Woman demonstrator lighting torch and standing at roadside. 0.40
7. SV Man at roadside holding poster reading '20,000,000 people can't be silenced: they cry out for Neil Aggett' ZOOM IN TO CU sign. 0.45
8. GV Demonstrators at dusk, with torches. 0.46
9. CU Bishop Desmond Tutu speaking to reporter. 1.46
TRANSCRIPT: TUTU: (SEQ 9) "We have the present controversy and furore arising from the death in detention of Doctor Neil Aggett which points up again and again just how utterly ridiculous this situation is. And it is an instance of the abrogation of the Rule of Law, coming as it does soon after Mr. Le Grange, Minister of Police, had said that these detainees are very well looked after and everything is done to see that they don't hang themselves, they don't come to any harm. And as a commentary to that statement, this man died in detention and we are told that he killed himself. Very few people believe that is the case."
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Background: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
White students in Johannesburg took part in a torch-lit protest on Monday (8 February) to mourn the death in police custody of white union organiser, Doctor Neil Aggett. Twenty-eight year old Doctor Aggett had given up practising medicine a month before his arrest last November, to dedicate himself to union work. He became Transvaal Secretary of the African Food and Canning Workers' Union the largest and most influential of the recently registered unions. Dr. Aggett was found hanged in his cell at Johannesburg's John Vorster Square Police Headquarters early on Friday (5 February). Police said he took his own life. His death has attracted widespread reaction in South Africa. On Monday (8 February) neat the Johannesburg University campus, students carrying torches and posters lined the streets, at 10 metre (30 foot) intervals to avoid contravening the Riotous Assembly Act, while policemen stood by. Black trade unions in South Africa made an unprecedented call for a half-hour nationwide stoppage on Thursday (11 February) to mourn his death, and Bishop Desmond Tutu, expressed the feelings of many South Africans.
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