More than two thousand South African blacks packed a Soweto church on Sunday (23 March) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings and noisily acclaimed speaking who condemned the apartheid policy.
SV People singing and raising arms with clenched fists
CU Chairman of Committee of Ten, Dr. Nathato Motlana speaking (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MOTLANA: "What we demand is the right to vote, the right to citizenship, and therefore the right to majority rule. We know, we know, when we speak of majority rule the poor whites tremble in their boots and they go home and work on tables and scheme and devise a scheme whereby they could create an artificial white majority in a so-called white South Africa. And we come back to them every time and say unfortunately it is a fact of history, a fact of democracy will not allow you to create this artificial white majority. This is block man's continent, this is Africa. And Africa just happens, just happens, by a stroke of fate a point of history to have a black majority. And my poor white brother South Africans you are going to have to learn to live with this fact of history, a black majority. We are hoping that those here may learn, and correctly interpret the lessons of Angola and Zimbabwe, of Mozambique. And as they shoot them and kill them on the border of Namibia they may lean that it is not worth a candle in the end they'll have to compromise, in the end Mandela will be prime minister yet. Mandela."
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Background: More than two thousand South African blacks packed a Soweto church on Sunday (23 March) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings and noisily acclaimed speaking who condemned the apartheid policy. On March 21st, 1960, police shot dead sixty-seven people and wounded another 186 in the southern Transvaal township of Sharpeville during a demonstration against pass laws, which control the movements of blacks. Since 1960 the anniversary of the shootings has been called by blacks 'Heros Day' on which all those who have died protesting against apartheid are remembered.
SYNOPSIS: Those gathering at the Soweto meeting gave their loudest applause to Doctor Nthato Motlana, chairman of the unofficial but influential Soweto "Committee of Ten".