Schools in Soweto remained deserted up to the weekend in the face of a blanket boycott by pupils in the black South African township outside Johannesburg, following the June riots which left 176 dead and more than one thousand injured.
CVs Black South African children playing in playground (4 shots)
SCU Black headmaster speaking to reporter
GV INT Meeting between teachers and Justice Minister James Kruger
SCU Kruger speaking to reporter
HEADMASTER: "....in a way we still feel there is a lot of confusion in the minds of net only the children but even the teachers themselves. I think, basically we just don't know what is the cause of all this and how long this is going to last."
REPORTER: "Have you any trouble with teachers staying away?"
HEADMASTER: "Well, no. Teachers turn up. They do turn up -- then find they don't have any classes to teach."
JUSTICE MINISTER KRUGER: "I think, with the discussions we had this morning, and with the Soweto leaders themselves taking fuller responsibility for the peace and quiet of Soweto, I think we will have quite a success. I'm hoping to have a bigger success."
REPORTER: "Can you name any specific measures you decided on this morning?"
KRUGER: "Well, I wouldn't like to discuss all the measures that we have decided on, but I think that the measures that we have decided on will be effective."
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Background: Schools in Soweto remained deserted up to the weekend in the face of a blanket boycott by pupils in the black South African township outside Johannesburg, following the June riots which left 176 dead and more than one thousand injured. The riots were sparked off by the compulsory use of Afrikaans -- a language alien to the country's block population -- as a teaching medium. Most of the deaths were caused by police opening fire on rioters, including large numbers o children. Sporadic violence has followed since then.
SYNOPSIS: The Government allowed the schools to re-open after they were ordered closed, but pupils stayed away anyway. talks have been taking place between black and white authorities ??? try and find a solution to the impasse, while teachers report for work as usual. One black headmaster expressed his concern.
In Pretoria, Justice Minister James Kruger met Soweto officials on Friday (30 July) -- giving them permission to hold a rally on Sunday (1 August). After the meeting he said a solution was in sight -- but the subsequent rally was poorly attended, arousing little interest.