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    In london, the leader of the South African Student Movement Tebello Motapanyane, said on Tuesday (1 November) that apartheid in his country would not be solved by negotiation.

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    SV INTERIOR Leader of banned South African student movement Tebello Motapanyane seated with interviewer

    CU Motapanyane listening to question and answering

    PARROW: "The South African government seems to have effectively silenced all your leaders in South Africa. is there any way they can continue negotiations with you?"

    MOTAPANYANE: "There is no other way of course to continue negotiations because right now we are seeing the kind of repression from the so-called government of South Africa. it indicates there is no other way for peaceful negotiations...they've taken out leaders into Robben Island, others have been given life imprisonment, others have been killed in prison, and the rest are still detained because of what we believe, so I am sure there is no other way of negotiating with the government, because South Africa, instead of negotiating with the people of South Africa, it arms itself with the help of Western countries...Britain, France, West Germany, and United States of course."

    FARROW: "As far the South African government is concerned, of course, they say that what they're doing is detaining a handful of people who are just troublemakers. What do you say to that?"

    MOTAPANYANE: "They didn't detain those people. They have taken for instance Mandela, a life sentence, Mbeki for life sentence, Walter Sisulu for life sentence, but they did not take the spirit of resistance from the people. They can detain those people for any amount of period that they intended but they won't detain their ... discourage people from taking a positive action."

    FARROW: "What do you mean by positive action?"

    MOTAPANYANE: "For instance, opposing all the institutions or all the ... you know ... actions of (indistinct) ... of racism. Apartheid ... white domination the people will always oppose and of course the people have now decided ... there is no other way out ... solving the situation in South Africa ... and right now we the students have (indistinct)."

    FARROW: "Do you believe that this is the majority opinion in, er, among the black population of South Africa ... that violence is the only way out?"

    MOTAPANYANE: "Yes, of course. Not necessarily violence for the sake of violence but revolutionary violence ... violence that will be there for the sake of bringing change, not violence that will be there, you know, for the sake of violence. But what we are interested in doing is a revolutionary violence that will bring justice, peace and prosperity for a future South Africa."

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    Background: In london, the leader of the South African Student Movement Tebello Motapanyane, said on Tuesday (1 November) that apartheid in his country would not be solved by negotiation. he said positive action was required -- and that meant violence. SASM was one of the organisations banned in South Africa last week.

    SYNOPSIS: Visnews reporter, Brendan Farrow, spoke to Motapanyane in London.

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