Tuesday (26 June) marked the 20th anniversary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. In London, where the?
SV INT Oliver Tambo President of African National Congress, South Africa facing interviewer.
CU Mr. Tambo speaking.
TAMBO: "Especially those which have economic interests with South Africa, with southern Africa generally, which reap super profits from the exploitation of the people. Who are they? They are multi-nationalists, the countries, the big Western powers who have substantial trade with southern Africa and enormous investments there. It is those countries and their corporations who are running a counter-current to the efforts of the anti-apartheid movement, and who are therefore in a way maintaining and perpetuating apartheid itself."
REPORTER: "So you hold them largely responsible for the continuance of apartheid?"
TAMBO: "Absolutely, they are."
REPORTER: "And what do you think needs to be done that isn't being done now to fight apartheid?"
TAMBO: "Well I think it's by the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the ....solidarity movement as a whole. I think we have not sufficiently concentrated our forces, our attention, our time, our energies and these allies of apartheid and racism and colonialism. I think we have tended to speak to them and try and argue them out of their positions and of course we can't succeed that way. I would like to mobilise the masses of the people so that in each country, it's the masses of people, the workers, the ordinary person, who is challenging the positions of his government; the worker who is challenging it the practices of his employer, his employing firm. This is the level that needs to be cultivated."
REPORTER: "Are you talking about some sort of concerted industrial action in Western countries?"
TAMBO: "Precisely. Industrial action in Western countries, and actions by governments which are genuinely anti-apartheid, against firms...for instance Nigeria, countries of that kind, who make rules about the conduct of firms which have any dealings with...who can therefore organise coordinated international action against such companies."
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Background: Tuesday (26 June) marked the 20th anniversary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. In London, where the movement is based, the President of the African National Congress of South Africa, Oliver Tambo, spoke to Visnews reporter Brendan Farrow.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Tambo was asked what forces he blamed for continuing apartheid policies.