• Short Summary

    The South African Government has evicted a Asian family from their home in a so-called "white area" of Johannesburg.

  • Description

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    GV People looking on as furniture is loaded into a lorry by workmen and police (2 shots)
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    2.
    GV Furniture being placed in lorry and Ragubathy Naidu's brother yelling at Police.
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    SV Furniture being loaded.
    0.21

    4.
    SV Naidu's brother arguing with official
    0.37

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    SV Police watching as furniture packed into lorry
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    6.
    CU Naidu's brother arguing with police
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    GV AND SV tent being taken down as Naidu's wife and baby leave (4 shots)
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    Initials HSS/2245



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The South African Government has evicted a Asian family from their home in a so-called "white area" of Johannesburg. The Naidu family who are classified as "non-whites" under South African law, say they have struggled for years to find a home in the Asian suburb of Lenasia. In desperation, Mr. Ragubathy Naidu, his wife and their three young daughters, moved into a tent in the white suburb of Mayfair, in Johannesburg.

    SYNOPSIS: After six weeks in their temporary home, on the sidewalk of a busy road, the South African police arrived on Thursday (8 March) to evict them forcefully. The police were acting according to the Group Areas Act, which does not allow people of different races to live in the same residential area.

    Workmen continue to load the family's furniture and personal belongings onto a waiting truck - despite strong protests from Mr. Naidu's brother.

    Under the watchful eyes of the South african Police, the eviction was completed. Government officials have criticised the family for turning down alternative accommodation offered in an Asian area. But the Naidus say the house offered was situated in a cemetery. The Hindu religion prohibits women from entering, or being near cemeteries, and consequently Mr. and Mrs. Naidu had to refuse the offer. The result was a bitter conflict.

    South African's Minister of Community Development, Mr. Marais Steyn, has told reporters that the Naidus were "irresponsible and provocative" in refusing the house in the cemetery. For their part, the Naidus deny trying to cause trouble.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD36XJ4IMUHMKASPUSGEFE7TWW
    Media URN:
    VLVAD36XJ4IMUHMKASPUSGEFE7TWW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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