INTRODUCTION: More than one-hundred-and-50 black men, women and children are living now in church buildings after being evicted from migrant accommodation at Lange near Cape Town in South Africa.
GV Main Barracks where people were housed.(2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Barracks in Langa.
GV St. Francis Catholic Church.
GV Black children outside with washing on fence.
SV INT Women and children in classroom at the St. Francis Cultural Centre. (2 SHOTS)
SV Women and children singing song with fists raised. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN & CU Children being fed. (2 SHOTS)
SV Group of children.
CU Mirriam Mazalu speaking.
SV men and children standing outside garage in grounds of St. Cyprians Church.(3 SHOTS)
SV Women sitting amongst stock of belongings.
SV INT Men in the building of the St. Cyprians Anglican Church, some playing cards and some preparing beds. (3 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT):
(SEQ 9) MAZALU: "At Transkei the people don't get work and there's no money at Transkei. The children (INDISTINCT) is located at the hospitals. And the hotels is so expensive, even the transport is...(INDISTINCT)...to get the transport to take us at the hospitals and at the (INDISTINCT). Everything is so expensive in Transkei and there's no money."
REPORTER: "Is it better here?"
MAZALU: "It's too much better"
REPORTER: "Even if you are kicked out of your home?"
MAZALU: "It's better because if you sick outside one of us can go to the telephone for the ambulance (INDISTINCT) to take their (INDISTINCT) to get the hospital."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: More than one-hundred-and-50 black men, women and children are living now in church buildings after being evicted from migrant accommodation at Lange near Cape Town in South Africa. Their plight has drawn harsh criticisms of the authorities by the Church, academics, multi-racial and in the Press.
SYNOPSIS: Until Wednesday, April 25 they lived here -- the Main Barracks for Migrants in Langa township. But in a dawn raid to enforce the so-called Pass Laws the Western Cape Administration Board evicted more than five hundred blacks.
The Saint Francis Cultural Centre of the Roman Catholic Church took in some of the women and children. According to the Church many had lived in Cape Town for more than 10 years and some for 30 years. They had been housed in the barracks after being evicted from squatter camps.
Many though are in the Cape illegally, migrating in an attempt to avoid the poverty of their native homelands. They have been told they must return to the Transkei. They chant their defiance: "God give us the power, we must not tire".
Replying to the criticism of its actions the Administration Board says those evicted were squatters who either had broken into the barracks or who had been housed there temporarily and hen refused to move.
One of the women, Mirriam Mazalu, described her plight.
With nowhere else to go some of the men sought refuge with Saint Cyprian's Anglican Church two kilometres away. The children come to visit them. Many of these men are out of work or are not entitled to seek employment in Cape Town. But they migrate in hope and their families join them.
The Administration insists that the influx of blacks in the Western Cape Area has to be controlled to protect those legally there. The only way to do this it says is by arresting the offenders. The critics say a more humane and practical approach is needed. Meanwhile two churches do what they can to help.