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    In South Africa the list of assaults of opponents of the country's race policies grew on Tuesday (15 August) with attacks on the homes of two prominent anti-apartheid whites in Johannesburg.

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    SV EXTERIOR Helen Joseph's house in Johannesburg

    CU ZOOM OUT Bullet holes in windows and walls (2 shots)

    CU Helen Joseph speaking (2 shots)

    SV Reverend Beyers Naude kneels to look at damage to his car outside his house

    CU Damaged car

    SCU Mrs. naude on left and Reverend Naude

    CU Mrs. Naude speaking with her husband beside her party obscured

    MRS. JOSEPH: "When I woke up--it was about quarter to one this morning--I woke up to the sound of two shots and immediately after that a car pulling away from the road outside."

    REPORTER: "Did you get up immediately?"

    MRS. JOSEPH: "No, not immediately. For a few moments I thought I don't want to put the lights on. Then I thought no, that's silly, you've got to get up, you heard the car go away, you may as well get up and put the lights on. Then I came into the sitting room and I saw they'd been peppering my windows and my walls with shot and the floor was full of glass and then I phoned the fire department and they came fairly quickly."

    REPORTER: "Have there been any subsequent actions connected with this?"

    MRS. JOSEPH: "Well, I've had four very unpleasant telephone calls. The first one I got this morning at about eleven o'clock said--in a man's voice said--'What a pity, what a pity.' Then I got another one at about two o'clock--now what did that one say--'You won't.... be so lucky next time' -- and then the third one came just before four o'clock and said 'Next time you'll get it between the eyeballs'."

    REPORTER: "Between the eyeballs...?"

    MRS. JOSEPH: "Between the eyeballs. Then the fourth one -- I gather it was something to do with a comic song -- because it said 'I hope you're insured because they're coming to take you away' -- and then he cackled with laughter afterwards....heh, heh, heh, heh."

    MRS. NAUDE: "We only realised what happened when my husband went to fetch the papers this morning. And then after he'd been outside the saw what had happened he came to--he called me and he showed me what had happened and then my neighbour she peeped through that bathroom window and she said 'we extinguished the fire last night' and then she told us in short."

    REPORTER: "So the first that you knew that there had been petrol bombs thrown at your car was in fact early this morning when you woke up?"

    MRS. NAUDE: "About seven o'clock, when my husband called me to show me what had happened."

    At beginning of this year the Johannesburg Sunday Express newspaper estimated that 1,600 crimes of violence had been committed against critics of the government since 1964. At that time, it said only two people had been prosecuted. The crimes it listen included murder and attempted murder, the destruction of cars and anonymous death threats. Banned university lecturer Rick Turner was shot and killed in front of his two young daughters at this Durban home in January. After that incident Dr. Kenneth Hughes, Chairman of the Civil Rights League of South Africa, said the act of banning 'by singling out certain people as serious opponents of the government focuses on them the pathological hatred of right-wing fanatics.

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    Background: In South Africa the list of assaults of opponents of the country's race policies grew on Tuesday (15 August) with attacks on the homes of two prominent anti-apartheid whites in Johannesburg.

    SYNOPSIS: This is the home of 73 year old Mrs. Helen Joseph -- a leading anti-apartheid campaigner. Although a "restricted person" and limited by law in her movements and who she can meet Mrs. Joseph described what happened to newsmen."
    Earlier petrol bombs were thrown at the car owned by Dr. Beyers Naude, former Director of the banned Christian Institute. It was parked near his home. Dr. Naude is also a "banned" person and his wife spoke about the incident.

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