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    KWA NGEMA, MAGOPA AND ONVERWACHT, SOUTH AFRICA

    Leaders of Kwa Ngema, a small black community in South Africa threatened with relocation, have written to Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

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    KWA NGEMA: MAY 30: (CHILTON):
    1. GV Ox cart through field with family walking beside (2 shots) 0.09
    2. CU Women cleaning windows PAN DOWN TO children sitting in the dust 0.15
    3. SV Women washing clothes in wheelbarrow 0.20
    4. CU Woman weaving on hand loom 0.25
    5. SV Boy fetching water from river, bringing to woman who pours it into a container (2 shots) 0.32
    6. CU Old man sitting outside house 0.35
    (BBC):
    7. SV & CU INTERIORS Signing of letter to Queen Elizabeth (4 shots) 0.59
    8. CU Moses Ngema, community leader, speaks (ENGLISH SOT) 1.21
    MAGOPA: FEBRUARY, 1984:
    9. CUs Old people singing at outside ceremony (3 shots) 1.34
    10. SVs householders demolishing houses as singing continues (2 shots) 1.45
    11. SV PAN Man placing chairs on truck, truck departs for new settlement (2 shots) 1.58
    ONVERWACHT: MAY 30:
    12. GV Truck arrives at new settlement area 2.04
    13. SVs Child playing in rubbish as women look on (3 shots) 2.19
    14. SV Family outside rickety new home 2.25
    15. SV Women queueing and drawing water from standpipe 2.31
    16. CU Child crawling in the dust 2.34
    17. GV ZOOM BACK FROM Crowd around graves 2.39
    18. SV Mourners pray over child's grave PAN DOWN TO coffin; SVs Grave being filled in (3 shots) 2.51
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ. EIGHT): MOSES NGEMA: "The Queen will see this really is unfair what the South Africa government does with the people. Then I hope that when Queen Elizabeth will get my letter, she will say that really maybe the talk about the government of South Africa to leave the people in peace."
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    Background: KWA NGEMA, MAGOPA AND ONVERWACHT, SOUTH AFRICA

    Leaders of Kwa Ngema, a small black community in South Africa threatened with relocation, have written to Britain's Queen Elizabeth. They have asked her to plead with South Africa Prime Minister PW Botha on their behalf. Kwa Ngema is a prosperous farming village in the Eastern Transvaal--near the border with Swaziland -- which was given to the Ngema clan by the British monarch, Edward VII, in 1904 for their help in the Boer War. One-hundred and sixty families live on its fertile land. They are self-sufficient, owning tractors and often producing a surplus to sell. The letter, to Queen Elizabeth signed by the community leader Moses Ngema and six others, says they fear the government may go ahead with their removal at any moment, and asks the Queen to intercede on their behalf when Botha visits Britain on June 2. One of the official reasons given for resettling the villagers is the building of a dam nearby. Their leaders say, however, that flooding will only affect a part of the land. In an additional letter to UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Moses Ngema writes that the policy of re-location has been determined by race alone. Three-and-a-half million blacks have already been moved, he adds. In an interview, he said he wished the government would leave the people alone. His community has been offered three new sites to choose from -- but rejects them because their land is infertile and they are inside black "homelands" which they fear may lead to loss of citizenship. Villagers in Magopa, Transvaal, were forcibly evicted last February and transported, despite international protests and local prayers, to the homeland in Bophutatswana. Onverwacht is a resettlement area, the sort of lace the Kwa Ngema community might be moved to. Two hundred and thirty thousand live there in appalling conditions, with polluted water and few facilities. Children and babies die of dysentery and gastro-enteritis. It is claimed that up to 1 1/2 million more black South Africans may still face forcible removal in the near future.

    Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON/BBC

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB3E4XGXGBTZF02IOJJC5YLYH1
    Media URN:
    VLVAB3E4XGXGBTZF02IOJJC5YLYH1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:52:00
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