About 100,000 people attended the State funeral on December 19 of most of those killed in South Africa's raid on Lesotho's capital, Maseru.
1. GVs & SVs Funeral procession in streets. (2 SHOTS) 0.13
2. SV & GV Coffins lined up on grass. (2 SHOTS) 0.22
3. SV ZOOM INTO CU ANC president, Oliver Tambo, seated. 0.25
4. GV ZOOM INTO CU King Moshoeshoe arriving in state car. 0.36
5. GVs mourners chanting at funeral. (3 SHOTS) 0.45
6. SCU Tambo speaking. (English SOT). (4 SHOTS) 1.17
7. GVs State car leading funeral procession; GVs mourners. (3 SHOTS) 1.34
8. GVs Coffins being brought to burial ground, and lowered into graves. (6 SHOTS) 2.18
TRANSCRIPT: TAMBO: (SEQ 6): "We are united by the brutal deaths of the nationals of this kingdom, and of the children of the mothers of South Africa. They have fallen to the bullets of a common enemy of the people of this land, the people of South Africa and the peoples of this world."
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Background: MASERU, LESOTHO
About 100,000 people attended the State funeral on December 19 of most of those killed in South Africa's raid on Lesotho's capital, Maseru. Most of the 42 who died in the attack on December 9 were known members of the African National Congress, which is pledged to overthrow the South African white minority government. However, women and children were also killed in the raid, which has brought international condemnation of South Africa's methods of dealing with opponents. Lesotho's Prime Minister, Dr. Leabua Jonathan, was accompanied at the funeral by the country's principal chiefs and judges and leaders of African nationalist groups and representatives of foreign governments. The mourners chanted nationalist slogans as they gathered at the Pitso ceremonial ground. ANC president Oliver Tambo told them the Lesotho people had been united by what he called the brutal deaths of the raid victims. Mr. Tambo said the dead had fallen to the bullets of South Africa, which he called a common enemy of Lesotho, of the South African people, and of the world.
Source: REUTERS - LOUIS BREYTENBACH