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    ??? death during police detention of Black South African leader, Steve Biko has led to?

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    LV PAN EXTERIOR: Capetown University, South Africa.

    CU: newspaper posted on wall, reporting death of black consciousness leader Steve Biko.

    CU: wreath with name 'Steve Biko'

    SV AND LV INTERIOR: Daily Despatch Newspaper editor Donald Woods (wearing jacket) walking onto rostrum to applause and audience clapping. (2 shots)

    CU: Woods addressing meeting. (English speech)

    WOODS:"This....this....this is the death that they will not explain away. I am able to prove this to you, and I hope to do so. They're on the hook with this one. The bait was set a long time ago, and the bait was taken on Monday morning by the Minister, and it was swallowed all the way down, and it was swallowed further, and now it's being pulled up. And the tugs are coming from all over -- from all over the world; from all over the country. And there are many barbs in this hook, and they're all biting all the time. What I mean by that is, that Steve and I knew that this was an ever-present risk -- his detention. We also knew that there was the possibility, unlikely though ??? though it was, that he might die in detention. Therefore, we had an arrangement -- that if any of four reasons were alleged for that death, I would know it war untrue. One of them has been alleged."

    Nineteen blacks have died during South African police detention since March last year while being held without trial under security laws. Seven deaths were listed by the Government as suicide by handing, and another three as falling or jumping to their deaths.

    Initials RH/1655

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ??? death during police detention of Black South African leader, Steve Biko has led to a storm of protests throughout the country -- and a public challenge concerning the Government's explanation of the incident. Mr. Donald Woods, the outspoken editor of the Daily Despatch newspaper and a personal friend of Mr. Biko, denies the official version that the black leader died during a hunger strike.

    SYNOPSIS: It was alleged at a protest meeting in Capetown University on Thursday (15 September) that Mr. Biko was not an hunger strike, and did not die of natural causes. Mr. Biko, Honourary President of the Black people's Convention, had been in detention for nearly a month facing charges of drafting and distributing pamphlets inciting people to arson and rioting. Mr. Woods told the meeting, it was one explanation of a detention death that the Government would not get away with.

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