Groups demonstrating for and against South Africa's Terrorism Act - which allows detention without trial-met in a tense situation outside the Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday (22 September).
GV ProGovernment demonstrators with placards gathered in square (4 shots)
SV Vorster waving from balcony
SV Mr. Kruger addressing crowd
GV & SV Anti-Government demonstrators through streets (2 shots)
SV & GV Anti-Government demonstrators
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Background: Groups demonstrating for and against South Africa's Terrorism Act - which allows detention without trial-met in a tense situation outside the Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday (22 September).
Four thousand students from the Afrikaans language Pretoria University briefly barred the way to the Union Buildings, which are the headquarters of the South African government. A path had to be made through the jeering crowd for the sixty English speaking students who were presenting a 10,000 signature petition against the Terrorism Act.
The English speaking students are members of the predominantly English speaking National Union of South African Students (NUSAS). Their lead Mr. Mike Stent presented the petition to Minister of Justice and Security Police Chief Jimmy Kruger.
For a few moments South Africa Prime Minister John Vorster waved to the Afrikaans students from a balcony before Mr. Kruger address them. The Afrikaans students had also presented a 4,000 signature petition in favour of the Act and Mr. Kruger told them their petition was "the answer to the world".
The day after the demonstrations South African Security Police arrested 24-year-old Jenny Curtis whose brother Neville Curtis, a former President of NUSAS, fled to Australia last year after being declared a banned parson. Miss Curtis who was working for the Institute of Race Relations, is being held without trial under the Terrorism Act.