The General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and the Chief Minister of Kwazulu, Chief Gatsha Buthelezi were wildly cheered on July 15 in Johannesburg, as they denounced the South African government's decision to give two eastern border regions to Swaziland.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA JULY 15, 1982 (REUTERS - LOUIS BREYTENBACH)
SVs EXTERIOR NIGHT Demonstrators outside the Johannesburg City Hall (2 shots) 0.19
SV/CU Demonstrators holding placards and chanting (2 shots) 0.27
SV Chief Gatsha Buthelezi arriving and being cheered by crowds (2 shots) 0.38
SV Buthelezi entering hall and being applauded by people inside (2 shots) 0.58
CU Bishop Desmond Tutu PULL OUT TO SV Tutu and others including Buthelezi, seated on platform 1.04
CU Bishop Tutu speaking
TRANSCRIPT: BISHOP TUTU AT SEQUENCE 6: "Bantustanisation which is an ugly word to describe something ugly. It has been shown as aiming to jettison all black South Africans at any cost and by any means, peeling them off as one does the outer skins of an onion so that the rich economy can be retained for so-called white South Africa. And in this common area, the white enjoy numerical, political, economic and social dominance for ever and ever." 1.50
GV Audience applauding 1.55
CU Buthelezi speaking CHIEF BUTHELEZI AT SEQUENCE 8: And this meeting tonight is a meeting which greatly heartens me, Mr. Chairman. We are here as South Africans facing a South African situation as South Africans. We have joined forces to organise on a priority far higher than our experience of any party political priority we may have. Our coming together in this way is looked on as we did last night in Pietermaritzburg in Durban, and in Pietermaritzburg on Monday. Our coming together in this way, transcends, in my view petty differences and personal and party political power struggles.Those are put aside by the tragedy we all face as South Africans with our country being carved in the dead of night by representatives of the racialist regime in Pretoria and Swazi (indistinct). 2.46
SV PAN OVER Audience applauding/SV Buthelezi sitting down again with Tutu and others (2 shots) 3.04
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Background: The General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and the Chief Minister of Kwazulu, Chief Gatsha Buthelezi were wildly cheered on July 15 in Johannesburg, as they denounced the South African government's decision to give two eastern border regions to Swaziland. On the same platform for the first time, despite their political differences, Bishop Tutu and Chief Buthelezi told a 2,000-strong multi-racial crowd gathered in the City Hall that the proposed handover amounted to 'dumping' one million black South Africans. The move has provoked a storm of protest, particularly from the powerful Zulu nation. It is from the Zulus that the larger piece of land, Ingwavuma, is to be taken. Ingwavuma and the other area involved, Kangwane, have been claimed by Swaziland as part of its traditional kingdom for nearly a century. One third of the 750,000 South African Swazis live in kangwane. The government action would mean all 750,000 would be regarded as belonging to Swaziland, and no to South Africa. Many fear this might eventually be used to force all Swazis out of South Africa.