INTRODUCTION: A bomb explosion in Durban badly damaged a war memorial in the city centre.
GV Durban office blocks with damaged monument in foreground
SV Police and bomb squads examine monument
SV Policemen and tracker dog (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Damage to monument (3 shots)
SV PAN Workmen clean up damage (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A bomb explosion in Durban badly damaged a war memorial in the city centre. The explosion occurred only hours after police had detained ten black students in a dawn raid and shortly before a South African government minister was due to confer with black leaders in Durban to discuss unrest in the city.
SYNOPSIS: The bomb went off in the centre of Durban's business quarter and it severely damaged a memorial to South Africans who died in World War Two. It was the second explosion in the city within a month.
The bomb went off only hours after South African police had arrested 10 black students -- the outcome of civil unrest currently sweeping South Africa on the anniversary of the Soweto uprising. An effort to lessen the tensions in Durban itself was being made only a few hours after the bomb explosion, when South Africa's Minister of Internal Affairs, was due to meet black leaders at the city hall. The city hall is close by the scene of the bomb blast.
No-one was hurt in the explosion, and no organisation has claimed responsibility for it. But it came at a time when black organisations in South Africa are mounting a national protest against the nation's racial policies.