• Short Summary

    The Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg the Right Reverend Leslie Stradling, announced yesterday (Friday) that he had been assured that the arrest by security police of the Dean of Johannesburg, the Very Reverend Gonville French-Beytagh, had nothing to do with the Dean's anti-apartheid political views.

  • Description

    1.
    CU Poster 'Church Bells toll for Dean'
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    2.
    CU Newspaper headline 'Plea for Dean to be tried'
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    3.
    GV EXT. St Mary's Cathedral Johannesburg
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    4.
    SV Church sign ZOOM IN TO wording 'People of all races welcome'
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    5.
    SV Coloured women in church
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    6.
    MV White woman in church
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    7.
    SV ZOOM INTO CU Bishop (SOF)
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    TRANSCRIPT: BISHOP: (SEQ. 7): "Well, first of all I was very shocked and stunned and then one started wondering what it was all about and what he could have done. And we're still in the dark about this.



    REPORTER: Is there any reason at all that you can think of?



    BISHOP: I know no reason at all. I'm quite sure it isn't his outspoken utterances or the fact that the cathedral congregation is multiracial. This is not illegal and I'm sure this is not the reason.



    REPORTER: Is it possible to support the South African Government and still be a good christian?



    BISHOP: I would say it's impossible, but I don't know, I could be wrong about that. There are people who I'm sure are good christians who do this, but how they do it I do not know."




    Initials RJ/BOB/SGM/0354 RJ/BOB/SGM/0404



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg the Right Reverend Leslie Stradling, announced yesterday (Friday) that he had been assured that the arrest by security police of the Dean of Johannesburg, the Very Reverend Gonville French-Beytagh, had nothing to do with the Dean's anti-apartheid political views. He said it was the Dean's private activities that the police were investigating.

    South Africa's Minister for Police, Mr Lourens Muller, said today the Anglican Dean would probably appear in court next week to be charged.

    The Bishop's first formal statement on the arrest of the Dean came as security police continued to hold the 58 year old churchman incommunicado at police headquarters in Pretoria.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA25BV4E2U90BNWF18AY28GFSUD
    Media URN:
    VLVA25BV4E2U90BNWF18AY28GFSUD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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