Student revolt against South Africa's apartheid education system continued on Monday (9 June) with at least two hundred and fifty pupils reported arrested in clashes with police in Cape Town.
GV Schoolchildren playing in streets of coloured suburb of Cape Town (3 shots)
SV Older students playing
GV Students in grounds of Belgravia High School, near Cape Town
LV Students looking out of school room windows (2 shots)
SV Student leader with back to camera speaking to reporter (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: STUDENT LEADER: "Student never decided to stop the boycott. There was rumours of the boycott being stopped and I feel that this is propaganda move on the government's side. We are resuming the boycott because we feel that many of our children have not been released although there has been some release but the majority of the students being detained has not been released. Many of them is held under Section 10, which is the Internal Security Act, and not under the General Laws Amendment Act, Section 22 which we were told that they were being held under Section 22 and they are being held under a far worse section."
MIKE GAVSHON: "Have you any idea of the number of the committee of 81 who have been detailed or harassed?"
STUDENT LEADER: "Well the Committee of 81, all the members, have been arrested. As soon as they have come into the committee meeting and left, the Security Branch of South Africa has harassed them and this is due mainly of course because of informers that we have in the society, people that we call prostitutes or scabs, and there is quite a few people arrested of the committee, and I'd say the number is something like about 50. Fifty to 55 people have been arrested. These people, all of them, have not been released yet."
REPORTER: MIKE GAVSHON
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Background: Student revolt against South Africa's apartheid education system continued on Monday (9 June) with at least two hundred and fifty pupils reported arrested in clashes with police in Cape Town. The countrywide scene, following almost two months of classroom rebellion, was less militant with pupils at some schools going back while others continued the boycott.
SYNOPSIS: In Cape Town, where the boycott by mainly coloured and Indian students began, protesters in some areas were still staying away from school on Tuesday (10 June). The previous day Cape Town police used baton charges against pupils who stoned buses and municipal buildings. Student leaders want to step up the boycott to coincide with next Monday's fourth anniversary of the Soweto riots.
Pupils were back at Belgravia High School one of the schools from which students had earlier been supporting the boycott. Some newspapers had said that student leaders wanted an end to the boycott, but these reporters were rejected as pro-government propaganda by one student leader, who wished to remain anonymous.