• Short Summary

    South Africa is recovering from the storm of recent racial riots, amid demands from press and public for an independent public inquiry into the riots and police handling of them.

  • Description

    1.
    SV: Coffin loaded into hearse (Christine Horn's funeral)
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    2.
    SCU: Mourners weeping
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    3.
    SV: Hearse leaving for cemetery followed by mourners
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    4.
    SV: Coffin being carried past mourners at cemetery
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    5.
    GV: Mourners at cemetery and coffin being lowered into the ground. (2 shots)
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    6.
    SCU OF: Mourners at Shirley September's funeral, young children mourning
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    7.
    SV: Coffin of Shirley being lowered into ground with earth being sprinkled on top of it
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    8.
    SV PAN: Priest leading mourners in singing hymns at funeral (mourners of all ages) (2 shots)
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    9.
    SV: Grave being filled in with mourners still watching.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: South Africa is recovering from the storm of recent racial riots, amid demands from press and public for an independent public inquiry into the riots and police handling of them. About 40 people were reported killed and more than 200 injured in the three days of violence, and while officials and politicians review their handling of it, the locals are burying their dead.

    SYNOPSIS: Twenty two year old Christine Horne is just one of the victims of the two days of rioting in the predominantly black areas of South Africa.

    Christine, a factory worker, and mother of three young children was, like many of the victims, caught in the confusion. Her mother says she asked Christine to go into the street to fetch her two teenage brothers when firing began; but she didn't return. She was found dead in the yard of a private house.

    While families mourn, Cape Town police are investigating reports that a police officer was responsible for the death of Shirley September.

    Fourteen year old Shirley had been sent by her family to the shop to buy candles, and never returned. The day that began as a commemoration of the Soweto riots of 1976 has ended in the same death and destruction, and orders given to police to `shoot to kill' - which were later called an `unfortunate choice of words', have incensed blacks and whites alike, and resulted in claims that many of the dead were innocent bystanders.

    Police have asked witnesses to Shirley's death to come forward to testify.

    As her family filled in her grave, Lavender Hill residents at the cemetery watched weeping.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADLSX9GKGGVCGDD32E7ELQIEO2
    Media URN:
    VLVADLSX9GKGGVCGDD32E7ELQIEO2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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