In South Africa, several thousand people attended the funeral of a 16-year-old boy in the black township of Guguletu in Cape Town on Saturday (20 September).
SV Father of dead boy and family carry coffin from church in Guguletu, Cape Town, South Africa
CU Moter of dead child, Mrs. Memani and relatives weeping
SV Coffin is placed on horse-drawn carriage with mourners watching (2 shots)
CU Mourners in funeral parade, singing and some waving (2 shots)
GV PAN Mourners at grave side, singing and waving a banner saying "They kill him because they hate him".
SV Coffin lowered into grave
SV PAN Mourners singing as earth is shovelled into grave a ZOOM CU Weeping parents
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Background: In South Africa, several thousand people attended the funeral of a 16-year-old boy in the black township of Guguletu in Cape Town on Saturday (20 September). The schoolboy, Lennox Memani, died last week, after police shot at a group of youths who were throwing stones at a bus in the township.
SYNOPSIS: The boy's parents are convinced their son had nothing to do with the stoning. Mrs Memani says her son was walking home from school with a friend, when they came across a group of youngsters throwing stones at an apparently empty bus. But then about 20 riot police, who were crouched on the seats, suddenly stood up, opened the windows and opened fire. This is the way the story is told among the mourners. The South African Police Directorate of Public Relations did confirm that police occasionally boarded buses. But they said not even the bus drivers were aware of their presence and it was part of their duty to protect life and property. The South African Press Association said police opened fire on stone-throwing youths after they had damaged several cars, six buses and a police vehicle.
For a mourners, who attended in their thousands, the issue was clear. They said the police murdered Lennox Memani, and they did it, as their placards put it, because they hated him. There is deep distrust of white authorities in the black townships of South Africa, a distrust which has exploded over the issue of black education in the country. Lennox Memani has become martyr of the latest violence. His was the first death involving police action since unrest in the township in 1976.
The funeral of Lennox Memani turned into a political rally. Mourners sang freedom songs and entoned political chants. It was an eerie backdrop to the grief of parents who had lost their 16-year-old son in a hail of police bullets.