INTRODUCTION: Thousands of students at South Africa's Witswatersrand University in Johannesburg attended a protest meeting on Tuesday (2 June) calling for the release of student leaders detained without trial.
(MUTE) GV Students arriving for meeting at Witswatersrand University.
SV Students walking up steps and entering University hall.
GV Students seated on steps outside University building. (2 SHOTS)
SV Students listening to meeting over loudspeakers.
CU Poster advertising meeting.
SV Dr. Coovadia, Durban University medical lecturer speaking.
GV Students applauding.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
COOVADIA: (SEQ 6): "What are we going to do in this miasma of hypocrisy and deceit. Well, we have a long struggle for freedom and justice ahead. We wish to remind the police that there have been allegations in the past of torture against them, and we would warn them, in their dealings with Boraine, to temper their enthusiasm with a modicum of restraint. We demand the unconditional release of Boraine for he was never been proved to be a criminal. I am not asking for Andrew to be released and charged, because I cannot ask for him to be charged by a set of laws which are definitely unjust."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Thousands of students at South Africa's Witswatersrand University in Johannesburg attended a protest meeting on Tuesday (2 June) calling for the release of student leaders detained without trial. It was the latest in a series of protests that have accompanied the month-long celebration marking South Africa's 20th anniversary as a republic.
SYNOPSIS: The students were calling for the release of Andrew Boraine, the 22-year-old president of the National Union of South African Students. He was detained during police swoops that followed student unrest during the independence festivities.
Andrew Boraine is being held under a section of the Security Act which permits detention for 14 days without trial. His father, a leading opposition member of parliament, claims he has been refused permission to see his son, and has not been told where he is being held. Several other student leaders and two black trade union officials have also been detained.
Durban University medical lecturer Dr. Coovadia called for Boraine's immediate release.
Three days earlier, riot police had cleared the campus of students, but Tuesday's meeting passed without incident.