INTRODUCTION: South African police and troops sealed off black townships around Pretoria and Johannesburg on Thursday (13 August) as they searched for black guerrillas who launched a rocket attack on one of the country's largest military installations.
GV Voortrekkerhoogte sign
GV EXTERIOR OF Damage to military installation building at Voortrekkerhoogte. (2 SHOTS)
PAN DOWN FROM Damage TO roof TO interior wreckage, PAN TO more damage to roof and floor. (3 SHOTS)
CU OF Rocket hole in building PULL BACK TO GV.
GV OF Military searching grounds PAN TO building.
SV Damaged wall PAN UP TO tank and military building.
GV INTERIOR Captured rocket launcher being inspected by two men.
CU Man looking through sighting device PULL BACK TO view down barrel of launcher.
CU Rangefinder of rocket launcher.
SV OF Wounded youth lying in hospital bed with relative and ZOOM INTO CU OF his face.
CU OF Damaged arm, PAN UP TO his face, GV OF injured man in bed with relative at bedside. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: South African police and troops sealed off black townships around Pretoria and Johannesburg on Thursday (13 August) as they searched for black guerrillas who launched a rocket attack on one of the country's largest military installations.
SYNOPSIS: The guerrillas struck on Tuesday (11 August) at the Voortrekkerhoogte army base on the outskirts of Pretoria. They fired four heavy calibre 122-millimetre rockets at buildings inside the grounds.
The authorities described the damage as slight. There was only one casualty -- a black maidservant of one of the camp's senior officers -- whose hand was cut when her bedroom was virtually destroyed by the rocket attack. Other rockets did minor damaged to an outside wall and a lavatory block.
The African National Congress - which has been banned by South Africa's white government -- claimed responsibility.
The attack coincided with a warning from the organisation's president, Mr. Oliver Tambo, who is in Tanzania, that from now on his guerrillas would be launching more and fiercer attacks against the leaders of the white minority government, even though his men might be killed in their attempts.
Security men who searched the area around the army base after the attack discovered this rocket launcher. They believe it was smuggled into the country in a lorry. Although South Africa's borders with other black countries are regularly patrolled, the military admits that it is impossible to keep a permanent watch on all the entry points.
This youth was injured in the crossfire when South African police had a gunfight with three men they believe were responsible for the attack. He comes from Laudium, the Indian quarter of Pretoria where the launcher was discovered. He is one more victim in what threatens to become an even fiercer war between the guerrillas and the South African authorities.