The South African government has said schools in black African townships will remain closed indefinitely.?
SCU: South African Police and Justice Minister James Kruger speaking
TRANSCRIPT: KRUGER: "Agitators are busy in Soweto and other areas inciting residents towards new rioting to be started on that day. The people are being intimidated and threatened with assault should they not do what these agitators want them to do. Some residents, workers and children, have been sacred by these agitators and by rumours and by apprehension of what might happen on Tuesday. In these circumstances, the government has decided on the following measures.... a prohibition of meetings, similar to the one that ended on the seventh of July, has been imposed with effect from tomorrow, Friday the 16th. The sections of the Internal Security act 1950, authorising the preventive detention of persons engaged in activities that endanger the maintenance of public order, will be brought into operation immediately. Bantu schools will not be open on Tuesday......they will remain closed until the agitation is stopped. Agitators who do not cease their activities immediately will be prevented from continuing with them by being placed in detention in terms of the Internal Security Act. Similar steps will be taken in respect of manipulators who intimidate others while they themselves remain in safety out of the public eye. Strong police units have been warned to deal with any person who causes a disturbance on Tuesday or on any other day. These units will have instructions to protect law abiding citizens and property at all costs. They will do so with all means at their disposal...no disorder will be tolerated."
The schools were closed immediately after the outbreak of the June riots, which were triggered by a demonstration against the use of the Afrikaans language. Since then the government has conceded that Afrikaans is no longer compulsory for instruction in African schools where English is the preferred language.
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Background: The South African government has said schools in black African townships will remain closed indefinitely. They were due to re-open on Tuesday (20 July). The move follows a fear of the renewal of anti-government riots which last month claimed about 180 lives. The Police and Justice Minister, James Kruger, also announced other strict new measures on Thursday (15 July) to control the spread of what he called "agitators".