The head of the African National Congress observer mission at the United Nations has bitterly attacked the creation by South Africa of the new homeland of Bophuthatswana.
SCU: Johnnie Makatini of African National Congress speaking United Nations.
JOHNNIE MAKATINI: "They have chosen the role of traitors in the struggle, relentlessly waged by the patriots, together with their allied white democrats for the seizure of power in South Africa and the creation of a democratic stage. And the ANC seizes this opportunity to reiterate its firm, categorical and uncompromising opposition.... and rejection of the policy of Bantustanisation . In doing so, we wish to reaffirm that we see this programme as constituting the cornerstone of apartheid; and we see it as designed to transform these tribal creations into strategic hamlets and buffer zones against the liberation struggle."
Untied Nations Security-General Kurt Waldheim has also strongly deplored the establishment of what he called 'another co-called independent tribal homeland'. In a statement issued through a spokesman, Dr Waldheim said Tuesdays's proclamation of the Black homeland of Bophuthatswana was in pursuance of the 'discredited policies of apartheid' and, he said, the interests of South Africa would best be served by policies which promoted co-operation and equality among its citizens....rather than through actions which unjustly separate them on the basis of race and colour.
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Background: The head of the African National Congress observer mission at the United Nations has bitterly attacked the creation by South Africa of the new homeland of Bophuthatswana. In a speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday (6 December) Mr Johnnie Makatini likened its leader, chief Lucas Mangope to South Africa Prime Minister John Vorster...and said he was an enemy of the liberation struggle.