DRIEFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA
Black South African community leader Saul Mkhize, shot dead by police at the beginning of the month, was buried in Driefontein on April 16 at a funeral attended by over one thousand five hundred people.
DRIEFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA
1. SV Mourners chant and carry coffin, GV mourners assemble (2 shots) 0.23
2. SV Bishop Desmond Tutu walks forward among mourners 0.29
3. GV Service in marquee 0.33
4. SV Coffin lowered, SV mourners chanting with clenched fists (2 shots) 0.57
5. CU, GV, CU Bishop Tutu conducting service, mourners (3 shots) 1.10
6. SV TILT U TO GV Coffin lowered into grave, mourners round grave 0.16
7. CU Mkhize's son with patch over eye, among mourners 1.27
8. GV & SV Mourners scatter soil on grave, chant (2 shots) 1.46
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Background: DRIEFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA
Black South African community leader Saul Mkhize, shot dead by police at the beginning of the month, was buried in Driefontein on April 16 at a funeral attended by over one thousand five hundred people. Mr Mkhize was killed by a white policeman on April 2 at meeting called to organise opposition to the authorities' plan to forcibly relocate five-thousand black villagers form the Driefontein area. During the ceremony, conducted by Bishop Desmond Tutu, several speakers vowed that the people of Driefontein would resist government efforts to uproot them. Mourners with clenched fists entoned Black Power songs as Saul Mkhize's body was lowered into the ground, in the family grave where his father and grandfather are also buried. Mr Mkhize's grandfather was one of a few black farmers who 70 years previously acquired legal titles to farmland in the region. Today, more than three hundred own their own land. Since 1980, the government has stepped up its efforts to move black residents to so-called tribal homelands. Under a long-term plan of the white minority regime, all the country's black nationals will become residents of the homeland. They will automatically lose their South African citizenship. The meeting at which Mr Mkhize was killed, was held to organise a protest against such a move in the Driefontein region. A police spokesman alter said an officer had to shoot because of fear for his life from a riotous mob, but eyewitness accounts differ markedly from the police version. Mr Mkhize's son wearing an eyepatch at the funeral, claimed he was punched and kicked by police in a separate incident. The shooting has sparked off an international outcry, including an expression of dismay form the United States' government.
Source: REUTERS - LOUIS BREYTENBACH.