At least 20 blacks have been killed in townships near Capetown, South Africa on Monday (27 December) in clashes between young militants and migrant workers.
GV PAN Black township
CU Blacks wearing white head-dresses (2 shots)
SV Blacks shaking weapons at cameraman
SV AND SCU Blacks with sticks (2 shots)
SV Natives drinking
SV Blacks outside township
GV Blacks on top of lorry with possession
SV Man standing next to belongings
SV Car being inspected
SV PAN Families preparing to leave
SV Other families evacuating
SV Burning house (2 shots)
SV Burned out house
SV Burning body of man in street
SV Wounded black being put on stretcher
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Background: At least 20 blacks have been killed in townships near Capetown, South Africa on Monday (27 December) in clashes between young militants and migrant workers.
SYNOPSIS: The violence started with a demand by black militants to cancel Christmas in townships all over South Africa. The anti-apartheid militants said Christmas should be a time of mourning for blacks killed or detained during the past six months of unrest.
In most townships the militants demands were ignored and Christmas was celebrated as normal. But in the Guguletu and Nyanga townships near Capetown they took a harder line. It's believed the trouble started when the militants attacked a migrant workers hostel. The workers retaliated by setting fire to houses -- and at least 90 were reported gutted and 100 more damaged.
Hundreds of residents of the townships are said to have fled their homes to avoid being involved in the fighting between the rival groups. Residents streamed out of the two townships in trucks and cars laden with furniture, bedding and other belongings.
Many families without transport walked out of the troubled areas, carrying what belongings they could. Many sought safety in churches in nearby Langa town-ship which was relatively quiet.
Apart from the damage to property, police said at least 20 people were killed in the fighting and scores more injured, many seriously. Riot police fired tear gas to disperse the feuding factions and sealed off roads to the townships.