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    INTRODUCTION: Thousands of mourners gathered in King William's Town, South Africa, to pay homage to the famous black civil rights lawyer, Mr.

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    1. SV PAN Bishop Tutu heads funeral procession from outside Mxenge's house PAN Coffin passes. (Mourners sing) 0.18
    2. GV Procession with mourners singing through township to burial ground (3 shots) 0.32
    3. GV Mourners singing 0.35
    4. CU Widow 0.39
    5. CU Dr. Motlana speaking (3 shots) 1.23
    6. GV Mourners chant 1.26
    7. CU Bishop Tutu speaking (4 shots) 2.15
    8. GV PULL BACK New mourners arriving 2.21
    9. CU Bishop Tutu leads mourners in song 2.35
    10. CU Inscription on coffin "The Struggle Will Continue" 2.37
    11. CU & GV Mourners singing (2 shots) 3.06
    (SEQ 5) MOTLANA: "We must place the responsibility for this foul, premeditated dead squarely upon those in power in our land. There is no way our government can escape the responsibility for the death of this, our beloved brother. To this, our plain brother, would be to compel, by as early as possible, our government to come to the negotiating table, the negotiating table, to decide on a new constitution for our fatherland."
    (SEQ 7) TUTU: "It was written in a sacred language so that even falling into the hands of the system the system would not understand what they were talking about. This other book, the book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine, was written also at a time when people were suffering, were persecuted. People were being persecuted just because they were Christians. Victory is already won. (Indistinct). It is this book which says so. It says victory is already won. Ask God. How long? How long Lord? How long, Lord are we going to be going through this?"

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    INTRODUCTION: Thousands of mourners gathered in King William's Town, South Africa, to pay homage to the famous black civil rights lawyer, Mr. Griffiths Mxenge. Mr. Mxenge's badly mutilated body was found after he had disappeared on the way home from work. As a lawyer he had made a name for himself by defending people charged under the South African security laws and was jailed and held himself at the Robben Island prison for his political activities. His funeral procession was led by the Anglican Bishop, Desmond Tutu.

    After his friends and colleagues had paid their last respects at the house where he was born, the funeral procession of Griffiths Mxenge slowly moved off through the town to the burial ground.

    There, the gathering was addressed by the Chairman of the Soweto Committee of Ten, Dr. Nthatho Motlana.

    He was followed by Bishop Tutu.

    Mr. Mxenge was a former member of the banned African National Congress. His wife, who found his body at the city's mortuary, has said she believes he was the victim of an assassination plot.

    Mr. Mxenge had been best known for his defence of the 18 members of the Pan-Africanist Congress -- a trial which earned him great respect and authority amongst South Africa's black population. He later represented the family of a black student leader who had died while in police custody. Mr. Mxenge was last seen alive three days before his body was found. He told friends that he feared there was a plot to kill him.


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