The riot-battered black townships around Johannesburg, South Africa were quiet today (19 June), after three days of violent disturbances which took an estimated 100 lives.
MV ZOOM IN Women queuing outside food store (2 shots)
MV INTERIOR Damaged shop
MV Burnt out building with children playing around debris (2 shots)
MV Burnt out car and buses (6 shots)
CU Sign "Administration"
MVs Wrecked university building (2 shots)
MVs Firemen inspecting wrecked and burnt out buildings around university (6 shots)
MV Black delegates leaving meeting in Pretoria (2 shots)
MVs White government representatives leaving meeting (3 shots)
On Saturday (19 June) the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the South African government for "massive violence against and killings of Africans stemming from this week's wave of protest demonstrations and riots. The resolution was adopted by consensus, without a formal vote. The draft also re-affirmed that the policy of apartheid (separate development) was "a crime against the conscience and dignity of mankind and seriously disturbs international peace and security".
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Background: The riot-battered black townships around Johannesburg, South Africa were quiet today (19 June), after three days of violent disturbances which took an estimated 100 lives.
But tensions still ran high and there were reports of vicious clashes between blacks and other Africans who took no part in the orgy of burning, looting and shooting. Hundreds of police with automatic rifles stood ready to deal with any further violence as blacks picked their way through the debris of burned buses, cars, offices and stores in 11 townships -- their only homes in the racially-segregated republic. In Tembisa township two looters trapped inside a shop were reported to have been beaten to death by other blacks.
In Durban not much remains of the University of Zululand, which was burnt out during the rioting. It has been reported that South African Prime Minister John Vorster could not guarantee that the university will be rebuilt. Fearing another night of liquor-fuelled violence, police appealed to liquor store owners in white areas not to sell large quantities of alcohol to Africans. Most liquor stores in black areas have been looted or burned.
In Pretoria -- well away from the scenes of death and destruction -- the South African government held talks with black civic leaders from the townships in an attempt to start healing the wounds of three days of race violence. The "make-the-peace" meeting between Michael Botha, Minister of Bantu Education and members of the Urban Bantu Council from Soweto township was held to discuss grievances and begin mending the damage. The outcome of the talks was not disclosed.