South Africa's race riots, in which more than 250 people have died, have led to a challenge by black homeland leaders to the Government's authority.
SVS: Black homeland leaders and others in lobby and around conference table. (3 shots)
CU: spokesman professor H.Ntsanwisi Gazankulu leader, addressing newsmen.
NISWANWISI: "While sympathising with youth in their peaceful demonstrations against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, and while understanding the patience of youth in its refusal to be rushed around from pillar to post by whites, this conference of black leaders can't condone the wanton destruction of property, schools and lives. Further, the conference deplores the violence unleashed by the police in response to peaceful and legitimate demonstrations by the students.
"The purpose of the Republican government in continuing to deny fundamental human rights to blacks until forced by confrontation has shown to the country and to the world that the only language they are prepared to listen to is that of violence."
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Background: South Africa's race riots, in which more than 250 people have died, have led to a challenge by black homeland leaders to the Government's authority.
SYNOPSIS: The leaders of the semi-autonomous homelands, set up under South Africa's racial segregation policies, met in a Johannesburg hotel over the weekend to discuss the tense racial situation. Until now, the homeland leaders have been regarded as 'tame blacks', who support the white government. But in a public statement the leaders have strongly condemned government actions.