South African police on February 15 moved the last 80 families out of the black village of Mogopa in Transvaal.
GV PAN Mogopa
GVs PAN Convoy of trucks along road. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Bus and police escort truck.
LV ZOOM INTO Mogopa.
GV Bus on road.
SCU INTERIOR Bus with people speaking.
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Background: South African police on February 15 moved the last 80 families out of the black village of Mogopa in Transvaal. More than 50 trucks and buses were used by the authorities to transport villagers and their possessions to Pachsdraai, 100 kilometres further north. Pachsdraai is in an area soon to become part of the South African-proclaimed independent black tribal homeland of Bophuthatswana. Though the land on which Mogopa is built was bought by blacks more than 70 years ago, the village is in a white-designated area under current South African apartheid policies. The villagers petitioned for leave to appeal in the courts, but their plea was turned down. Police sealed off the village on February 14 while the first 27 families were moved out. The authorities said the evictions were peaceful, but some residents told journalists they saw people being forced on to trucks. Last November, the United States and the Netherlands lodged official protests about the removal of Mogopa's villagers.