As tensions rose over a boycott of coloured schools in South Africa, a student leader hit back on Wednesday (30 April) at government claims that the protests were organised by outsiders.
SV INTERIOR: Unidentified student leader speaking in English
STUDENT:"Our complaint at schools is about broken windows, inadequate library facilities, no books and text books, no student representative on the councils, etcetera. Our major demands are that the amount of money spent on the white students and the amount of money spent on the black students be brought on an equal level. There are other major questions on the permanent systems pertaining to education which should be abolished; and there are still a lot of other demands."
GAVSHON:"Do you think the government is prepared to meet these demands."
STUDENT:"We know of course that the government is so pigheaded, and up to this stage we have received no indication that they intend to concede to our demands."
GAVSHON:"They have actually said that this boycott has been organised by agitators. What is your response to this?"
STUDENT:"As far as the question of agitators are concerned, we condemn this move by the government, because we know for a fact that this boycott has been organised by students and not by outside agitators."
REPORTER: MIKE GAVSHON
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Background: As tensions rose over a boycott of coloured schools in South Africa, a student leader hit back on Wednesday (30 April) at government claims that the protests were organised by outsiders. More than a hundred thousand school-children have been demonstrating against the racially separate system of education. The students leader, who insisted on wearing a mask for the interview in Cape town spoke to Visnews reporter Mike Gavshon.