• 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.

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    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
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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