• Short Summary

    In Pretoria on Friday (13 August), American Negro Congressman Charles Diggs accused South Africa's government of lacking courage, but decided to go ahead with a tour he had cut short only the previous night.

  • Description

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    GV Street scene and Pan to U.S. Embassy with crowd at entrance
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    LV Interior Diggs sitting down at table
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    CU Cameraman
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    CU Diggs (SOUND ON FILM)
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    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4): MR. DIGGS: "With great surprise and deep disappointment, we learned upon arrival at Jan Smuts Airport that the South African government had interposed an objection to our visit to Namibia, and there was no satisfactory reason for this decision. And its particularly aggravating when you consider that it involves an area in which the International Court of Justice has just only recently reaffirmed that the South African government lacks legal authority in the first place. The reasons given concerning the heaviness of their schedule in the area and the lack of accommodations is ludicrous, when one considers that less than two weeks ago I was part of the U.S. delegation attending the funeral of President Tubman in Liberia -- a country of only a million and a half people -- and found accommodations without any difficulties and handled without any difficulties, ten chiefs of state, and twice that number of delegations from Europe and African nations. So it was certainly unsatisfactory to learn that a country of this size and renowned sophistication, could not handle a delegation containing six people."




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    THE SOUND ON FILM INCLUDES PART OF MR. DIGG'S STATEMENT. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS. MR. DIGGS REFERS TO SOUTHWEST AFRICA BY ITS UNITED NATIONS NAME, NAMIBIA.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In Pretoria on Friday (13 August), American Negro Congressman Charles Diggs accused South Africa's government of lacking courage, but decided to go ahead with a tour he had cut short only the previous night. His remarks came at a press conference at the U.S. Embassy.

    Mr. Diggs, an outspoken critic of South Africa's apartheid policies, is the first black Congressman to visit South Africa since World War II. The Michigan Democrat said that the South African government's failure to grant facilities for his five-man mission to visit Southwest Africa -- the former German territory whose administration by the Republic is in dispute in the United Nation -- was "ludicrous".

    The Congressman did not reveal the itinerary for the rest of his stay in South Africa, except to say that he would visit Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Zululand, Johannesburg, and the Transkei. On Saturday (14 August), however, the Chief Minister of the Transkei -- South Africa's first self-governing black homeland -- refused a meeting with Mr. Diggs. He cited the same reason as the government in refusing Mr. Diggs visit to Southwest Africa -- too short notice.

    Mr. Diggs said he would hold another press conference before his departure on 19 August.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZXD4YFDIVB9US01W3QTQY1ZN
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZXD4YFDIVB9US01W3QTQY1ZN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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