INTRODUCTION: Violence has continued in South Africa as the country was marking its 20 years as a republic.
GV PAN Bomb damage at durban Army recruiting centre (4 shots)
GV, CU & SV University of Witwatersrand students listening to speeches (6 shots)
GV Soldiers moving in to disperse meeting (3 shots)
GV INTERIOR Johannesburg city Hall. Anti-Republic day meeting, people listening to speeches (3 shots)
CU Bishop Tutu seated in audience, and other (2 shots)
SCU Speaker, GV audience standing
SV PAN Police approaching stage and telling speaker of bomb in hall (2 shots)
SCU Speaker telling meeting of bomb scare
GV Audience standing and cheering, applauding
GV TILT DOWN EXTERIOR Police dog handlers, crowd, man being led away (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Violence has continued in South Africa as the country was marking its 20 years as a republic. a bomb severely damaged an army recruiting office in a shopping centre of Durban on Wednesday (27 May).The bomb incident followed a series of sabotage attacks on rail lines, gunfire directed at a police patrol, and a grenade and gun attack on an isolated police station. Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday (27 May) that the African National Congress (ANC), a black nationalist movement outlawed in South Africa, had issued a statement from Tanzania claiming responsibility for the attacks.
SYNOPSIS: Police said no one was injured in the Durban bomb blast, although it had shattered glass in shops and offices up to the eighth floor of the building. Few people were around when the device went off shortly before six a.m. There were reports that security police in Durban had seized about 2,000 anti-republic day posters and pamphlets in the offices of the Ecumenical agency, Diakonia.
At the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg students have been boycotting classes in protest against the celebrations, which were to peak on Sunday(31 May). Opposition groups of all races have condemned the celebrations. The South African Police Minister, Mr. Louis le Grange, has blamed the African National Congress and the south African communist Party for the acts of violence, saying they were intended to harm the celebrations.
Riot police in battle fatigues moved in to break up the demonstration. Mr. le Grange had said he'd told police to 'act relentlessly' if there was a repetition of an incident in which a South African flag was burned.
Also in Johannesburg, about 600 people attended an anti-republic day protest meeting. Some of them were students whose campus activity had earlier been broken up. In the audience was Bishop Desmond Tutu, general secretary of the South African Council of Churches, who had his passport taken away for a second time last month (April).
One theme the protestors have stressed is that they believe the anniversary must be criticised because the vast majority of the non-whites, who have no votes, have nothing to celebrate. They feel the celebrations are an affront to those who died in the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 and Soweto disturbances.
Proceedings paused when a police officer appeared. He'd come to say there'd been a report of a bomb being planted inside the building.
When they were advised of this, many people began jeering and they refused to leave. Observers said they felt it was a ruse to break up their meeting.
Police ordered those who had been unable to get into the meeting, to disperse. Witnesses said two white men and a black were taken away, but police released them.