INTRODUCTION: While South Africa's black majority marked the 5th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto riots, in which more than 500 black people died, a schoolgirl was killed when she fell under a bus in Durban on Tuesday (16 June).
GV Eurika transit camp and flats, at Elsies River. (3 SHOTS)
SV Relatives of dead in church.
SV Student laying wreath as names of dead are read out. Weeping relatives look on. (3 SHOTS)
GV & SVs Soweto, and shops. (5 SHOTS)
GV Bus driving past locked school. (3 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Congregation singing and waving in church.
SV Man speaking to congregation and congregation chanting. (2 SHOTS)
GV Tear gas being fired into crowd running. (4 SHOTS)
GV Riot police running down street with batons.
GV Mobile crowd control spray vehicle driving down street as crowds run. (4 SHOTS)
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BLACK SPOKESMAN: (SEQ 7): "....coloureds are included, I know that the man (INDISTINCT) during the 60s, the one unifying symbol about which there is no doubt about in all our minds, is Nelson Mandela. Mandela!"
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Background: INTRODUCTION: While South Africa's black majority marked the 5th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto riots, in which more than 500 black people died, a schoolgirl was killed when she fell under a bus in Durban on Tuesday (16 June). The bus was accelerating to escape a stone-throwing crowd. But the worst violence was in Soweto itself, where police fired tear gas into a crowd leaving a special church service. Throughout the country many black people stayed away from work to attend religious services scheduled as part of a week of national mourning called by religious groups to mark the anniversary.
SYNOPSIS: Eurika transit camp at Elsies River, near Cape Town, was the scene of one memorial service on Monday (15 June). Some five hundred people gathered to remember those who had died in detention, and the victims of last year's Cape Town violence.
The names of the dead were read out to the congregation, and Anglican Bishop Patrick Matolengwe said no one should forget those who had died in Soweto and Sharpeville. The bishop said everyone must fight for freedom.
In Soweto on Tuesday the mood was sombre, as most shops and businesses stayed closed for the day.
Buses were half empty as many workers stayed at home, and schools were also closed in an effort to prevent trouble.
A packed church heard a call for the release of jailed black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela.
As the service ended, a group of black youths began throwing stones at security police. Riot troops moved in with tear gas grenades and began firing them into the crowded church.
In the two hours of rioting that followed, police said at least ten people were injured, and one hundred buses were destroyed. But authorities claimed the general situation throughout the country was quiet.