BOPHUTHATSWANA, SOUTH AFRICA
Fifty-nine Zimbabwe refugees, who fled to South Africa to escape the recent killings in Matabeleland, have been deported back to their homeland.
BOPHUTHATSWANA, SOUTH AFRICA
1. SV PAN Refugees leaving a building in Mafeking. 0.11
2. SV Refugees entering bus. (2 SHOTS) 0.24
3. CU Interview with refugee inside bus. 1.47
4. GV Bus stopping at South African border post, people standing around. (2 SHOTS) 1.53
5. SV Registration procedure at the border. 1.59
6. TOP SHOTS Bus going through the South African border post and crossing a bridge into Zimbabwe. (2 SHOTS) 2.21
TRANSCRIPT: MAN: (SEQ 3) "I left Zimbabwe just because there is no job there."
REPORTER: "You are not horrified of the war there?"
MAN: "If you are found not been working, you are in trouble, I think (indistinct) I think it is better, for me to come here and seek for employment."
REPORTER: "You are not worried because they are fighting there?"
MAN: "No, really they are hammering people there."
REPORTER: "How do they hammer people?"
MAN: "Especially young villagers. They ask you why are you staying here and they just hammer you sort of."
REPORTER: "Who hammers people?"
MAN: "The soldiers hammer people."
REPORTER: "Which soldiers?"
MAN: "I do not know the name of them, but they wear red barets."
REPORTER: "Do they belong to Mugabe?"
MAN: "Of course they belong to him."
REPORTER: "Is there anything you have done wrong?"
MAN: "Nothing I have done wrong."
REPORTER: "Why is there so much war?"
MAN: "Really I can't tell you and you know what's happening."
REPORTER: "Are you happy to go back?"
MAN: "No, I'm not happy, because I know (indistinct) are being killed."
REPORTER: "Killed by whom?"
MAN: "By the soldiers."
(REST OF INTERVIEW INDISTINCT)
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Background: BOPHUTHATSWANA, SOUTH AFRICA
Fifty-nine Zimbabwe refugees, who fled to South Africa to escape the recent killings in Matabeleland, have been deported back to their homeland. They were part of a larger group of 87 refugees, who fled to the South African 'independent' state of Bophuthatswana. The other 28 escaped from police custody while being driven to the Zimbabwe border and are still free. The refugees say, they left Zimbabwe because of the killings by the Zimbabwe army's Fifth Brigade and are very unhappy at having to return. The Fifth Brigade, trained by North Korean instructors, is said to be responsible for several massacres in the province of Matabeleland. The Matabeleland tribes are supporting the now exiled opposition leader, Joshua Nkomo, who arrived in London las month, claiming his life had been threatened by his rival, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe. The fate awaiting the refugees, many of whom are Nkomo supporters, on their return home is not known.
Source: SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION