The South African authorities are to consider new constitutional proposals designed to bring the Asian and Coloured (mixed race) population into the political system.
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SCU Chairman of Committee of Ten, Nthato Motlana, being interviewed.
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TRANSCRIPT: MOTLANA: (SEQ 3)"This is the kind of thing that one expected. To us, the so-called reforms are a continuation of the government's policy of divide and rule. The idea that there might be Black unity, Black solidarity, embracing Coloureds, Asians and Blacks, all Blacks, has always been a frightening thing to the government, and I calculate that, if realising that in order of nullify this united Black front, it is necessary to bring the so-called Coloureds, and those of Asian descent into the White lager." (AS HEARD)
REPORTER: (SEQ 4)"So you would disagree with the White method which appears to be prevalent in this country now of aligning the Coloured people more with the White people than with the Black people. Do you still see yourself as Black?"
CURRY:"You see, even if we have to align ourselves with Whites, Whites have got to do a lot more to bring Coloureds and Indians into their camp. Merely giving them the same political rights as Whites doesn't solve the problem. It's a question of economic rights, a question of discriminating laws. Coloureds and Indians are not suddenly going to jump into the White boat just because I've a vote or because some Coloured man becomes a cabinet minister. It depends a lot on how the government is going to remove discriminating laws -- laws like areas of living. We are still discriminated against by living in our areas. The same laws that apply to Blacks apply to us in travel, in holiday resorts, caravan parks, all this, so I don't see this talk of suddenly getting political rights on a White basis that we're going to jump into the White camp."
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Background: The South African authorities are to consider new constitutional proposals designed to bring the Asian and Coloured (mixed race) population into the political system. The proposals were made by the President's Council, a body set up last year to replace the former upper house of parliament. At present, the Coloureds and Asians, who number 3.4 million and make up about 13 per cent of the population, have no say in any form of government above the local community level. If the new proposals are accepted, they will join South Africa's 4.5 million Whites in running the country. But Blacks are specifically excluded under the new proposals. There are 20 million Blacks in South Africa. The proposals have already been criticised. An unofficial organisation with a wide following in Black South Africa is the Committee of Ten. Its chairman, Dr. Nthato Motlana, fiercely criticised the proposals. Another attack came from the chairman of the Coloured Labour Party, Mr. David Curry, in an interview with Visnews' Mike Gavshon.