SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA
The black township of Soweto near Johannesburg provides the labour force for the white-controlled city.
SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA
1. GV PULL BACK TO LV Soweto. 0.09
2. GV, SV & CUs People dancing and drinking in legalised bar (2 shots) 0.34
3. SV Police line 0.41
4. GV & SV Illegal drinking (2 shots) 0.49
5. CU & SV Police arresting people in club (2 shots) 1.05
6. SVs Confiscated beer bottles being opened at police station and poured down the drain (2 shots) 1.22
7. CU Lucky Michaels speaking (SOT) 1.36
8. SV & CU Legalised drinking club with people dancing (2 shots) 2.01
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE SEVEN): LUCKY MICHAELS: "This will not be lost. I think it will remain, even if we were to go into what you consider or call a London pub, we would still be....ah, the shebeen atmosphere could not be quite a London pub."
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Background: SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA
The black township of Soweto near Johannesburg provides the labour force for the white-controlled city. It is thirsty work, but until now there was nowhere for a million people to go -- legally -- for a few beers after a long, hot day's toil, followed by a journey on an overcrowded train or bus back home. But now, after decades of trying to close down illegal drinking dens known as shebeens, the government has begun to legalise them. Thirty-six Soweto clubs have so far been licenced, although the police still raid other shebeens that have not been given the official seal of approval. The owner of the premises will be fined about 15 US dollars and his stock will be confiscated. But he will be back in business after a few days. The police seize 15,000 bottles of beer a week in Soweto. They are taken to a police station where they are opened and the contents tipped away by teetotal workers. Taverners Association chairman Lucky Michaels said that in spite of legalisation, the unique atmosphere of the shebeens would remain. The legalisation experiment is being closely watched by the authorities. Three hundred more shebeens have applied for licences, and if the Soweto trial is a success, drinking alcohol will become legal for blacks in many other parts of South Africa.
Source: REUTERS AND BBC