1976 uprising in images, Cape Town

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Langa High pupils march in August 1976.
Langa High pupils march in August 1976.

Startling images of Cape Town in 1976 and 1977, housed in UCT's Visual Archive in Special Collections and originally published by Independent Newspapers.

Youth Day Anti-riot police march two protestors to waiting vans after dispersing a crowd. 12 August 1976

Youth Day A constable drags a man to a police van after the burning and looting of a Nyanga bottle store. 12 August 1976

Youth Day Pupils at Grassy Park High School demonstrate in the school's playground. 17 August 1976

Youth Day Women in traffic in front of the Trust Bank building in Cape Town's city centre. According to the Cape Times of the day, six women were in the street "shouting Black Power slogans, jostling passers-by, and attempting to force their way into Whites-only taxis. Shouting: 'We will die with our Black brothers,' the six jumped into a non-White taxi when police arrived and sped off." 27 August 1976

Youth Day Riot police playing a game of soccer with youths in Nyanga. 27 August 1976. Photo by John Paisley

Youth Day A riot policeman drags a suspect to a police vehicle during clashes on Klipfontein Road, Athlone. 1 September 1976

Youth Day A woman overcome by teargas in Cape Town city centre during student protests. 1 September 1976. Photo by Jim McClagan

Youth Day Crowds scatter up Darling Street as police fire teargas on the Grand Parade. 9 September 1976

Youth Day Carrying a shotgun, a policeman assists in the arrest of a youth on the Grand Parade. 9 September 1976

Youth Day Tyres and piles of litter burn in Tiervlei as riot police patrol the suburb. 9 September 1976

Youth Day A young man taken from a riot vehicle is placed on a stretcher at Athlone police station after police clashed with stone-throwers. 16 September 1976

Youth Day A demonstrator flees from clouds of teargas in Adderley Street, with a member of the riot squad in the foreground. 2 June 1977

Youth Day A schoolboy, caught up in the unrest, takes refuge from the teargas in a doorway on Adderley Street. 2 June 1977

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