The Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Mr. John Malecela, told delegates at the United Nations General?
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MR. MALECELA: "The progress towards freedom achieved in Mozambique and Guinea Bissau stand in sharp contrast to the tragedy of Namibia, Rhodesia as well as the n???-white population in South Africa. In recent months the developments in Namibia have burst on the outside world as a harsh reminder of the nature of the South African colonial rule. For in Namibia the African people have resolutely rejected to continue to live under terror and have taken up arms under the leadership of SWAPO to defend their dignity. Neither South Africa nor the apologists of apartheid can deny that inspite of the overwhelming might of the South Africa armed police state, bitter fighting has been going on in Namibia against South African colonialism. Because of this struggle and its success, the colonial authorities in Namibia have embarked on savage and brutal torture. Hundreds of thousands of people are being arrested, imprisoned, and some shot on the spot; brutal floggings of women, children and men in Namibia must shock every man and woman of corscience. The unfortunate faithful allies of South Africa, and we saw some of them here yesterday, ought to hold their heads in shame or else they must be completely devoid of compassion and humanity."
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Background: 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.