The South African Government has been under pressure form its members of parliament to send troops into Angola to rescue more than a hundred black schoolchildren missing from a mission school in South West Africa.
GVs Ombalantu Mission School, South West Africa. (2 shots) (MUTE)
GV Mission station grounds.
CU Relatives of missing pupils.
CU Mission teacher Father Hildebertus van Gompel speaking to reporter (in English) over SVs deserted classroom. (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: VAN GOMPEL: "I must say I'm afraid we won't see many of them very soon."
REPORTER: "What has that done to the moral of your........?"
VAN GOMPEL: "It has given us, us personally who were directly involved in it, an enormous shock. But the parents, the friends of the scholars, and everybody around here, they are also in a tremendous shock and very indignant about this act of terror by SWAPO."
REPORTER: "Certainly the school won't be able to function as normal?"
VAN GOMPEL:: "No, of course not. We have only two handfuls of pupils left, whom we have brought home. Some of them are obviously quite a bit shocked after their experience of being taken to Angola and escaped back."
REPORTER: "Do you think any of these pupils left of their own free will?"
VAN GOMPEL: "I don't think there was any. I don't think so, really. We know them quite well. We don't talk politics with them, actually, we can avoid it, there's no need for it, and they know that too. They... ....I know, I know from their own words, that they feel quite happy here."
Initials VS 2.00
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The South African Government has been under pressure form its members of parliament to send troops into Angola to rescue more than a hundred black schoolchildren missing from a mission school in South West Africa. The children went missing on Wednesday (20 April) and are alleged to have been abducted by guerrillas of the South West African People's Organisation.
SYNOPSIS: MUTE: The Roman Catholic mission is in northern South West Africa, on the Angolan border. The story of the missing children was revealed by mission priests who said a gang of armed men dressed in khaki uniform and carrying automatic weapons an torches took the children away. One of the priests. Father Hildebertus van Gompel, said the men identified themselves SWAPO guerrillas.