The Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Mr. John Malecela, told delegates at the United Nations General?
The Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Mr. John Malecela, told delegates at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (1 October) the colonial authorities in Namibia (formerly South West Africa) have embarked on savage and brutal torture of the people.
Mr. Malecela said this was done to suppress the struggle for independence. He claimed that hundreds of thousands of people are being arrested, imprisoned and some shot on the spot and women and children were brutally flogged.
The developments in Namibia, which have only recently caught the attention of the outside world, he said, was a harsh reminder of the nature of South African colonial rule.
During his speech, Mr. Malecela called for tougher economic sanctions against South Africa and the expulsion of its delegation from the United Nations. The Minister also urged the United Nations to start a vigorous campaign to dissuade foreign companies from investing in the country.
Mr. Malacela's address came the day after the 130-nation assembly voted overwhelmingly to reject South Africa's credentials and to refer future relations between the U.N. and republic to the Security Council.