Despite what South African officials call a move away from apartheid, the United Nations heard on Thursday (8 November) that recent moves are in fact in entrenchment of the country's policy of racial separation.
GV: U.N. General Assembly in session.
SV: Mr. H. Isaac from Pan African Congress speaking in English
GV: Delegates listening to speech
SV: U.N. Permanent Representative from Botswana Mr. Thomas Tlou speaking in English.
ISAAC: "Pretoria's military preparations indicates that the regime has determined to demonstrate to it's black dwarves the advisability of joining the block while at the same time increasing it's own capability to play an even more militarily aggressive role in the sub-continent. One of the consequences of the so-called 'Muldergate' saga and the internecine bickering has been the emergence of the military to prominence in the decision-making in the white establishment. Not only has the erratic racialist Prime Minister P.W. Botha retained the portfolio of defence but he has also raised the profile of the military in the political hierarchy by promoting General Magnus Malan head of the Defence Force."
TLOU: "Mr. President, South African, rather than moving towards relinquishing apartheid is in fact taking all the necessary steps to fortify, defend and entrench it. Inside South Africa itself, oppression and persecution of the opponents of apartheid continue unabated. Thanks to the support of some Western countries and Israel, the war machinery at the disposal of the apartheid state is formidable. South Africa is now also in command, as we all know, of nuclear capability which could be used to black-mail not only Africa, but the international community as a whole. Externally, South Africa is intent on insulating itself with buffer states which will dance to its tune. This is why she is refusing to relinquish Namibia to the United Nations and is sustaining the rebel British colony of Southern Rhodesia. These blind states, together with those creations of apartheid -- the Bantustans -- are expected to insulate apartheid from the impending onslaught by the oppressed people of South Africa.
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Background: Despite what South African officials call a move away from apartheid, the United Nations heard on Thursday (8 November) that recent moves are in fact in entrenchment of the country's policy of racial separation. These accusations were made at a meeting of the General Assembly by a member of the Pan African Congress, Mr. H. Isaac, and the Botswana Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Thomas Tlou.