A few hours before dawn, Apl 10, units of the South African Police force, backed by army and navy personnel, carried out a raid on the African township of Cato Manor, outside Durban, Natal.
Scenes of Police searching for weapons.
Police searching Africans and stopping cars.
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Background: A few hours before dawn, Apl 10, units of the South African Police force, backed by army and navy personnel, carried out a raid on the African township of Cato Manor, outside Durban, Natal. Supported by armoured cars the police want from house to house looking for dangerous weapons, illicit liquor and African suspects wanted for criminal charges.
Once inside the township, the police set up their headquarters in the beerhall. Here prisoners were brought for screening by members of the Criminal Investigation Department. About 30 Africans were held under the emergency regulations.
Numerous pangas, spears and axes were found int he huts, during a systematic search. There was no opposition from the Africans. The mass raid, largest over to be held in Natal, took them by surprise.
Troops armed with fixed bayonets, sten and bren guns, took up positions on the low hills around the township. A Harvard aircraft of the South African Air Force, circled the area, reporting the progress of the raid back to headquarters.
All roads leading out of Cato Manor were blocked. Inhabitants leaving the township were searched by the police. No buses were allowed to enter. In the event of trouble, ambulances and members of the medical corps waited outside the headquarters.