Student at Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University demonstrated against the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of South Africa as a republic on Wednesday (26 May).
LV & CD Demonstrators with placards lining pavements (2 shots)
CU Placards held by students
CU Sign outside University
CU PAN Students with placards
SV PAN Students
CU South African flag at half mast
CU ZOOM OUT from student armband "What cause to celebrate"
SV Student giving leaflets to motorists (2 shots)
CU Students with placards
GV Small group of counter-demonstrators on other side of road
CU Plain clothes police watching
SV Students with placards, coloured man walks past
Initials SGM/0247 SGM/0304
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Background: Student at Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University demonstrated against the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of South Africa as a republic on Wednesday (26 May).
They say that the celebrations are pointless, maintaining that South Africa has become a country of injustices in the last 10 years. They quote the apartheid laws as their strongest reason for demonstrating.
The demonstrations were peaceful, and only student was arrested by police.
SYNOPSIS: Students demonstrated against South Africa's 10th anniversary as a republic on Wednesday. They had originally planned to march with their placards through the main streets of Johannesburg, but were forbidden to do so by a magistrate, even though city councillors had given their permission.....so they picketed the main road outside their University.
The students claimed that the country, during its 10 years as a republic, has become the scene of injustices. They quoted inequality of races, the erosion of civil and academic rights, and hardship cause by the controlled movements of Africans under the apartheid regulations as examples. They flew the South African flag at half-mast, and their arm badges read, what cause to celebrate?
Some girl students distributed leaflets listing their grievances to passing motorists, none whom refused. While the picketing was expected to turn into an all-night vigil, a small group of counter-demonstrators waited on the other side of the road.
The authorities, in the shape of plain-clothes security men watches closely, and news reached the students that one of their number had been arrested during the afternoon carrying a load of leaflets.