In South africa the Bantu Administration Board has implemented a demolition order on a shanty town occupied by black squatters on the outskirts of Cape Town.
SV: bulldozer smashing small hut.
SV PAN: household effects being taken from ground and put into van.
SV: bulldozer demolishing hut.
GV PAN FROM: squatters waiting for transport with their possessions TO small pool.
GV: bulldozer demolishing hut
SV: squatters waiting to be evicted.
SV: squatters taking possessions from hut.
SV PAN FROM: burning hut TO bulldozer knocking down hut.
SV: squatters dancing.
The South African government set up a mobile office at Unibel to issue free rail warrants for blacks choosing to return to their tribal homelands. At first the squatters showed little interest in accepting this offer, but according to officials on Wednesday (18 January) about 150 squatters had accepted tickets.
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Background: In South africa the Bantu Administration Board has implemented a demolition order on a shanty town occupied by black squatters on the outskirts of Cape Town. On Tuesday (17 January) bulldozers were moved into the Unibel area -- preceded by black policemen.
SYNOPSIS: The demolition began despite efforts to prevent it from both lay and Church groups concerned at the suffering likely to be inflicted on the 10,000 or so people facing eviction. The South African authorities claim that the Unibel camp is a health hazard, but the opposition People's Federal Party Regional Executive has described this as a "cynical smoke screen for ideological objectives."
As it became obvious that all attempts to delay the demolition had been in vain, some of the squatters too it upon themselves to demolish their own shacks. Some had already been involved in previous evictions and the government claims that their occupation of the Unibel site was illegal.
After the first day's destruction about 600 homeless blacks slept in the open. For a moment there was jubilation when the bulldozer broke down. But it returned later to complete the job.