The people of Magopa, who have been forcibly moved from their homes under the South African apartheid laws, have left the place they were sent to by the Government.
GVs & SVs People loading belongings back of truck. (8 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Water truck arriving at Pachsdraai and making deliveries. (4 SHOTS)
SV Livestock at Bethanie.
GVs & SVs People unloading belongings at Bethanie. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Men erecting temporary shelter (2 SHOTS)
TV PAN Shelters in Bethanie.
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Background: The people of Magopa, who have been forcibly moved from their homes under the South African apartheid laws, have left the place they were sent to by the Government. Pretoria had designated their original homes as a "whites-only" area and the people were taken to Pachsdraai. The villagers say the land is arid and unsuitable for their traditional farming, the cultivation of maize and millet. They say there is an acute shortage of water in Pachsdraai and most of them have to rely on the daily delivery by trucks. The villagers have deposed their representative in Magopa, but the Government say he is the only person they will recognise to represent them. The families have been relying on help from local organisations and church groups to get them out of the area, and at least seventy families have packed up their furniture and belongings and left for Bethanie, 200 kilometres away. There they have built temporary homes to live in until they have to move for the third time. Many of them say they will be happy to go, for although they will lose their land and their livestock they hope it will be the last tie they have to move their belongings.