After Soweto -- Cape Town. Following South Africa's worst ever day of rioting two months?
SVs & MVs Black Cape Town township commuters escorted onto buses and trains by white police and troops, travelling on trains and buses, and disembarking (7 shots)
SVs, GVs & MCUs, Chanting, jeering, shouting black demonstrators con-fronting armed police and troops with dogs (6 shots)
CU Police dog
CU Torn trouser leg
SVs Ambulances taking injured to hospital under armed guard (3 shots)
CU police chief in car
GV Ambulance along road under surveillance from roadside police vehicle
GV 100-strong police motorcycle cavalcade escorting coffin through Johannesburg streets
SVs Coffin carried to graveside and uniformed policeman at attention (2 shots)
SV Coffin lowered into grave to accompaniment of 'Last Post' on bugle ZOOM OUT TO GV Same
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Background: After Soweto -- Cape Town. Following South Africa's worst ever day of rioting two months ago, in which 176 people were killed in one day in Johannesburg's black Soweto township, another 23 died in further violence on Thursday (12 August).
SYNOPSIS: Much of the violence was aimed at commuters from Cape Town's three principal townships -- trying to prevent them from travelling to work in white areas. But armed police and troops were alerted to the tactics after Sowoto, where this was a familiar pattern. They were out in strength at bus and railway stations to make sure that those commuters who wanted to get to work did so. In Johannesburg, where the trouble originally began, the intimidation tactics were successful for a while. But security forces soon recognised the pattern of events which on several days had made white workers do their own menial chores in the absence of black labour.
The Cape Town riots, involving three separate townships around the city, began in earnest on Wednesday (11 August) as black areas across South Africa reacted to the deaths in Soweto. Crowds of chanting blacks challenged heavy police and troop lines with rifles, machine-guns and dogs.
There were 23 deaths the following day -- most of them caused by police bullets. Another 70 were injured, according to initial reports. The night of wild violence saw pitched battles between police and troops and black rioters wrecking, burning and looting buildings around Cape Town -- the seat of South Africa's Parliament.
South African Commissioner of Police General Gert Prinsloo later said his original statement numbering 33 instead of 23 deaths was a mistake.
Meanwhile, in Johannesburg, white commercial capital of South Africa, one hundred police motorcyclists turned out to provide an escort for the coffin containing a white traffic policeman killed in the Soweto riots a week earlier. He was run over by a car driven by black Africans at the height of the disturbances, and was given a burial with full military honours of Thursday.
The black disturbances in South Africa are symptomatic of a long history of unrest and racial differences. In the past two decades, the nation has suffered sporadic outbursts of black violence--Sharpville probably going down in history as the epitomy of the division between the races. Since then, black Africa has won many a war against white domination. If white