SEBOKENG, SOUTH AFRICA
The South African Minister of Cooperation, Development and Education has announced that the government intends to assist the victims of recent violence in black townships.
SEBOKENG, SOUTH AFRICA
1. SVs & CUs Dr. Gerrit Viljoen, Minister of Cooperation, Development and Education, speaking as audience listens. (English SOT) (5 SHOTS) 1.34
TRANSCRIPT: VILJOEN: (SEQ 1) "The acts of violence that have been perpetrated in the urban areas recently, are not different from acts of terror. And therefore, the Council of the State President's Fund, which consists of representatives of the new government but also leading members of different population groups, from the private sector, will be requested to give sympathetic consideration to applications of people who have suffered personal loss of injury, especially people in positions of authority, as a result of the violence of recent weeks. It is of course not possible to make good the damage that those people have suffered, and it is not, certainly, under the circumstances, for the state or the government to assume responsibility for complete financial compensation, but the state president fund will within financial limits and with the additional support of the government, provide, on a sympathetic basis, and in view of the merit of each case, as much relief to the victims of violence and damage as is possible under the circumstances, and I would like to request the development board, and the local authorities to assist individuals in providing the necessary information to submit it to the board of the State President's Fund with a view to considering individual relief measures.
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Background: SEBOKENG, SOUTH AFRICA
The South African Minister of Cooperation, Development and Education has announced that the government intends to assist the victims of recent violence in black townships. Dr. Gerritt Viljoen was speaking on October 26, in Sebokeng, a black township recently rocked by violence. The township was later at the centre of a military operation involving the police and 7,000 troops in house to house searches. Dr. Viljoen justified the operation, saying it was needed to restore order and to allow community leaders to resume their administrative duties as soon as possible.
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