Police reinforcements swept into Cape Town from Pretoria on Tuesday (28 December) to help weary riot squad men patrol black townships where 26 people have been killed in the past three days of violence.
SV Troops with blacks in background waving sticks and clubs (2 shots)
GV Blacks gathered outside township
SV Blacks wearing white head-dresses walking through streets (4 shots)
GV Police helicopter flying aver
SV PAN Blacks with clubs and sticks
GV Military police stopping and searching vehicles (3 shots)
SCU Police major speaking
POLICE MAJOR (TRANSCRIPT): "As in all the other Bantu areas the same reason - and that is that the youths, you know, they refuse to go to school. They are school going age and they have got their own ideas and they spark off the trouble every time. In this instance they started the trouble by burning some of the living quarters of the migrant workers and, of course, then you've got counter reaction again."
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Background: Police reinforcements swept into Cape Town from Pretoria on Tuesday (28 December) to help weary riot squad men patrol black townships where 26 people have been killed in the past three days of violence.
SYNOPSIS: Most of the bloodshed was caused during bitter fighting between Baca migrant workers from Transkei and residents of the Nyanga and Guguletu townships. The residents supported calls by militant students for a "black christmas" of morning for "black victims of white authority". But police opened fire on stone-throwing blacks in the township of Langa on Monday night, and are believed to have killed two men.
South African police spokesmen put the violence down to long standing feuds between blacks. "None of the battles had any political significance," a police spokesman said on Tuesday. Hundreds of residents of the townships have fled their homes to avoid the fighting. They streamed from Nyanga and Guguletu in trucks and cars laden with furniture and belongings.
Police are currently using helicopters in sweeps over the two townships -- they said foot patrols are too dangerous.
An uneasy peace has settled on the area, but blacks armed with sticks and clubs are still in the streets.
Military police have mounted road blocks on all approach roads to the townships. All vehicles are being stopped and searched. One police major has put the violence down to one thing -- militant youth.