INTRODUCTION: The school boycott by black pupils in Cape Province, angry at a South African edict ordering compulsory education, under what they claim is an inferior curriculum, has entered its sixth month with no sign of abatement.
GV White schoolgirls in uniform at school gates. Schoolgirls in school grounds (2 shots)
SV PAN White schoolboys arriving by bicycle and moped. GV boys entering school (2 shots)
GV Children and parents queue outside prefab classrooms, Hanover Park (3 shots)
SV Black infants in Guguleto
GV ZOOM Empty I.D. Mkiza school, Guguleto
SV TRACKING SHOT AND PAN Gerry Magobolo running on track (2 shots)
CU Magobolo speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 7: MAGOBOLO: "I thought that they would be proud if I could go to America because I think they would even say they have one black guy who is an athlete going to America. I thought they would be proud of that but they didn't take it that way. They thought maybe I'm somebody which is an informer or which is a traitor, as they say, but it is not like that. But I don't know what to say because I'm really confused and I'm really worried every day. I can't even walk outside."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The school boycott by black pupils in Cape Province, angry at a South African edict ordering compulsory education, under what they claim is an inferior curriculum, has entered its sixth month with no sign of abatement. One black youngster, a promising athlete, has been caught in the crossfire. Gerry Magobolo gave up his chance of a scholarship to America after a crowd estimated at 1,000 black students gathered round his home chanting death to him and his family.
SYNOPSIS: All was neat and orderly for white schoolchildren as they returned to their studies at the start of the new term. But the opponents of new laws making education compulsory for non-whites say that the latest edicts condemn black children to an education system nowhere near as good as that enjoyed by the whites.
Parents of coloured children, too, were taking their offspring back to schools like this one in Hanover Park. They supported the unrest when it first began last April, but they returned to school in September, leaving the blacks to carry on their campaign alone.
Black primary schoolchildren also went back to their studies. They have not been called on to support the protests.
But this school in Guguleto has been locked up for four months in a Government move designed to combat the boycott.
One victim of the controversy is 19-year-old Gerry Magobolo, a star schoolboy athlete who has turned down the offer of a scholarship to a High School in Texas after death threats to him and his family. Militant blacks have demanded that he identify himself with the boycott.