VISNEWS filmed May 18 outside the City Hall Johannesburg as the Black Sash women (members of a non-political, non-religious non-sectarian group who fight racialism by silent protest demonstrations) sat on the steps and knitted.
GV. City Hall.
LV. Women hold banner cutside City Hall.
SV. Banner "Death of our Parliament".
SV. Five black sashed women.
SV. Women knit
CU. Coloured man in crowd.
REAR V. Two black sash women hold banner.
SV.PAN UP guillotine.
CU. Caricature of Prime Minister Dr. Verwoerd as executioner.
SCU. White and coloured people in crowd.
LV. Steps off City Hall.
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Background: VISNEWS filmed May 18 outside the City Hall Johannesburg as the Black Sash women (members of a non-political, non-religious non-sectarian group who fight racialism by silent protest demonstrations) sat on the steps and knitted.
They recalled the worst days of the French Revolution, paraded a guillotine and an effigy of Prime Minister Dr. Verwoerd labelled Executioner, in their protest against the Nationalist party's limit on debate on four controversial 'apartheid' bills from a customary several weeks to seventeen hours.
The bills are:
The Promotion of Bantu Self-Government Bill, which segregates certain areas, gives Bantus local but no say in national government.
The University Apartheid Bill, which segregates certain Universities, and against which the Witwatersrand University struck last month for one day.
The Work Reservation Bill, and the Fort Hare Bill.
A young Nationalist, Mr Basson, member for Namib, stated he would vote against his party and was threatened with the withdrawal of the Whip - the equivalent of political banishment.
Chief parliamentary opponent of the Bantustan Bill is Mrs. Ballinger, Natives Representative since 1936, and leader of the Liberal Party in the House of Representatives. She declared the bill "Would bring South Africans into contempt both at home and abroad, and endanger the peace and security of the country."