At the United Nations, western business and political interests have been accused of bolstering apartheid in South Africa.
GV General Assembly in session
SV Zambian permanent representative Gwendoline Konie speaking in English
GV Delegates (2 shots)
SV Representative of the Pan African Congress speaking in English
KONIE: "Mr. President, all too often one hears arguments that western economic interests and activities of trans-national corporations have a liberalising influence in South Africa. On the contrary, there is mounting evidence that this is not the case. It is the submission of my delegation that increased investment in South Africa amounts to investment in oppression. Further, the authentic representatives of the oppressed and exploited masses of South Africa have always upheld a dissenting opinion. The position advanced by the concerned members states and trans-national corporations of their nationality, contains a highly dubious and paternalistic attitude that purports to know what is in the best interests of the victims of apartheid. this position is clearly dilatory and is designed merely to conceal the true motives underlying their continued collaboration with apartheid South Africa."
MAKATINI: "Honourable delegates, the western powers have made a lot of motion in Southern Africa, but there has been no movement. The so-called peaceful resolution of the conflict in Southern Africa is no nearer solution. The white settlers are as intransigent as ever. This is because the Western powers base their entire strategy on the preservation of South Africa. It need hardly be said that the nature and volume of the Western interests are immense."
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Background: At the United Nations, western business and political interests have been accused of bolstering apartheid in South Africa. The accusations came on Friday (24 November) in the continuing debate on apartheid in the U.N. General Assembly. Earlier in the week, there was a call by delegates to impose sanctions against South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The permanent representative from Zambia, Gwendoline Konie attacked the role of western institutions in South Africa.
A Pan Africa Congress representative said that despite much talk, a peaceful solution in South Africa was no nearer.