• Short Summary

    A church leader in South Africa has called for an acceleration of apartheid reforms following the deaths of five people in a bank siege.

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    SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Volkskas Bank, Silverton, near Pretoria,
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    2.
    SV INTERIOR Dead gunmen inside bank (2 shots)
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    3.
    SV Injured man brought out and placed in ambulance
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    SV Injured man brought out and placed in ambulance
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    5.
    SV Third man brought out and placed in ambulance
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    SCU Bishop Desmond Tutu, Chairman of the South African Council of Churches, speaking in English (3 shots)
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    TUTU: "We would like to express out deepest sympathies with the families of those who were injured and who have been bereaved. We would also like to reiterate our stand as the South African Council of Churches and as Christians in our total condemnation of violence in any shape and form. Then we would like to go on to say that we hope that the changes that the changes the Prime Minister is thinking about, which some of his ministers are saying are coming to happen, will be translated into reality. Because, as I have warned in the past, when people become desperate they use desperate means and there are already quite a lot of young people and others in the black community who feel that real change, which means, blacks having a significant part in political decision-making is not going to come without the armed struggle, without violence. They've asked for Nelson Mandela, I think, as being an indication that, for most blacks and certainly for me, he is regarded as our real leader. And if one day our government were to think of negotiating then certainly he would have to be one of those with whom they would have to negotiate."





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    Background: A church leader in South Africa has called for an acceleration of apartheid reforms following the deaths of five people in a bank siege. Bishop Desmond Tutu -- chairman of South Africa's Council of Churches -- says many people in the black community want to see real change to race laws. And he warns, that when people become desperate for change they use desperate means. The Bishop's statement comes as the South African Government cautions black militants that police will again match violence with violence.

    SYNOPSIS: The warning comes in the aftermath of a bloody bank siege in Pretoria. Three black gunmen were killed by police after they had held 24 hostages for seven hours. A customer and one of the bank tellers also were killed and another 17 people were injured.

    The drama began when the three gunmen walked into a branch of an Afrikaans-owned bank in Silverton. They had Soviet-made rifles and grenades.

    They demanded the release from prison of veteran black nationalist leader, Nelson Mandela. But there were no negotiations and at dusk the police stormed the bank. There was a burst of automatic gunfire followed by a grenade explosion. Now Bishop Tutu is urging the government to forge ahead with racial reforms.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA644L6GF53LJRCBN1S40Y00HYX
    Media URN:
    VLVA644L6GF53LJRCBN1S40Y00HYX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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