Held in detention by the S. Rhodesian Government, supporters of the African National Congress live?
Held in detention by the S. Rhodesian Government, supporters of the African National Congress live at Gokwe among the villages of a 280 square mile restricted some. The Government's aim is to rehabilitate erstwhile Congress agitators - arrested during the emergency - in a land with the best possible conditions. The restricted area is of adequate water, fine forests and a variety of villages open to the detainees. Forty-three detainees, some of them hardcore, live at Gokwe.
The centre of the settlement area at Gokwe will eventually have shops run by rehabilitated detainees. Already a clinic and part of a school form the nucleus of the centre.
Soon all the families of the detained men will be with them - a Government wish aimed at assisting the men to settle down to a new life on the land. The Gokwe area is in the largest grain growing part of the Colony. Each family will be provided with two huts, a cleared ten-acre arable plot, and rations until the first harvest.
Government officials during this Press visit admitted some of the detainees refused to work the land or accept any rations. But the officials hoped that once the associations of the past had faded and once the idea of a communal life had been accepted by the men, they would take advantage of the Government's aid and settle down to become normal citizens.