Demands for further punitive measures against South Africa have been made in the United Nations debate on the white-ruled republic's apartheid policy.
CU: Pan African Congress delegate Mfana Fithi Johnstone Makatina speaking in English.
SV & CU: Zambian delegate listens as Gabonese Ambassador Mr. Leon N-Dong speaks in French.
SV Delegates from Upper Volta, China and Gambia seated.
CU: Yugoslavian Ambassador Jaksa Petric speaks in English.
MAKATINA: "The question we now pose to the United States, Britain and France, taking into account their veto record and the usual claim of being in possession of a powerful economic leverage, is are they going to let the multi-national corporations under their jurisdiction comply with Vorster's repressive and aggressive programme? Was this part of the plan they consciously pursued in violating the United Nations resolutions calling for the withdrawal of investments. Mr. President, we mention this development to underline the weakness of the recently adopted mandatory arms embargo by the Security Council.
The triple veto exercised on the three resolutions calling for mandatory economic sanctions and withdrawal of investment reveal not only the moral obtuseness of these powers, but also their hostility towards the aspirations of the African cause."
The next speaker was the Gabonese Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Leon N-Dong. He said that the mineral wealth and cheap labour available in South Africa made it a major attractions for outside investments. He said that during the 1974-75 financial year the republic had attracted more than two billion dollars in foreign investment...much of which had come from Japan and Western countries Mr. N-Dong said his country, as well as condemning apartheid, deplored such foreign investments which supported the apartheid system. He said Gabon also condemned countries which maintained cultural, sporting and diplomatic ties with South Africa, because they helped maintain the apartheid system.
Mr. N-Dong said Gabon considered further pressure should be brought to bear on South Africa if its apartheid regime was to be effectively halted.
Yugoslavia's Ambassador. Mr. Jaksa Petric, said the Vorster regime had recently stepped up its policy of terror. He said it was obvious that it would not abandon its racist practices without being compelled to do so.
PETRIC: "In order to maintain the system of apartheid Vorster's regime has stepped up its policy of terror, mass murder, imprisonment and detention of innocent inhabitants throughout South Africa. The most recent acts of brutal repression in South Africa clearly show that one cannot expect that the apartheid regime will abandon its Fascist and racist idealogy and practices without being compelled to do so under the concerted action and pressure of all internal and external factors."
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Background: Demands for further punitive measures against South Africa have been made in the United Nations debate on the white-ruled republic's apartheid policy. At the opening on Monday (14 November) African diplomats said their third world majority in the world body was preparing 10 separate draft resolutions for submission during the debate. Among speakers at Tuesday's session was Pan African Congress spokesman Mfana Fithi Johnstone Makatina. He said the United Nations security council mandatory arms embargo on South Africa was not enough to stop the country's "repressive" policies, and that economic sanctions would have to be considered.