Papers relating to activities during disturbances of summer 1976, including comments on the disturbances by black, white and coloured individuals., accounts of incidents and papers by the Soweto Students' Representative Council, the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), the National Union of South African Students and the Union of Black Journalists.
University of Cape Town: Students' Representative Council papers on South African disturbances, 1976
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- ReferenceGB 101 ICS 81
- Dates of Creation1976
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 box
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Administrative / Biographical History
Between 16 and 24 June 1976 there was widespread rioting in the African townships of South Africa, the worst since the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. The disturbances began in Soweto, the immediate cause was the compulsory use of the Afrikaans language as the medium of instruction in Bantu schools. The rioting quickly spead to other townships. The official death toll was put at 176. The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution condemning the South African Government for 'massive violence against and killings of the African people including schoolchilden and students and others opposing racial discrimination'.
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