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South Africa / Biko Death / Controversy #50356

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 16, 1977
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(Studio) In South Africa, even white government official newspaper calls for probe into death of black leader Steve Biko. He died Monday, allegedly after hunger strike.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Johannesburg, South Africa) Report on Biko's death, claims surrounding it, both by officials and protesters, and unrest caused by controversy. Anger raised by cause is mainly aimed at justice minister Jimmy Kruger. Almost entire student body of black university is arrested for holding outdoor meeting, which is against law. However, legal indoor meeting is held at Witwatersrand University, in Johannesburg, which is racially mixed. Newspaper ed. Don. Woods says Biko couldn't have died of hunger strike and notes that Biko once told him that if authorities said that was cause of his death, it wouldn't be true. [WOODS - believes there is element in security police that is so overzealous that it reaches level of mental disturbance.] Woods says issue could become sort of Watergate for South Africa.

Ellis, Rex;
Smith, Howard K.

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