Mrs Helen Joseph, the first person to be placed under dusk-to-dawn arrest in South Africa more than eight years ago, was freed on Tuesday (8 June).
SV PAN Mrs Joseph leaves police station & enters car (2 shots)
Travelling shot. Mrs Joseph driving through town
GV Mrs Joseph's home
SV Mrs Joseph arrives
LV ZOOM IN Mrs Joseph gardening (4 shots)
CU Number of house
CU Mrs Joseph holding flowers
TRANSCRIPT: Mr Vorster: "if it is necessary to confine anyone to house arrest South Africa in the interest of South Africa I will not hesitate to do so for one moment. There nothing oppressive in this - we are not against political parties but against communists and saboteurs."
Initials SGM/2132 SGM/2147
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Background: Mrs Helen Joseph, the first person to be placed under dusk-to-dawn arrest in South Africa more than eight years ago, was freed on Tuesday (8 June). No immediate reason was given when security police informed her of the decision at the hospital, where Mrs Joseph is recovering from an operation for breast cancer.
Mrs Joseph was placed under house arrest in October 1962 under South Africa's Suppression of Communism act.
This library film shows Mrs Joseph driven in a police car to her home, and gardening at home. I dates back to 1963. Since then, under South African law, she has not been allowed to give interviews to the press, nor be filmed.
Since then, Mrs Joseph left the house only to go to Church. No explanation was given for her release.