• Short Summary

    THE TRIAL OF 37 AFRICANS CHARGED WITH TERRORISM, THE FIRST UNDER SOUTH AFRICA'S NEW 'TERRORISM ACT', WAS ADJOURNED IN PRETORIA YESTERDAY (MONDAY) UNTIL SEPTEMBER 11.

  • Description

    THE TRIAL OF 37 AFRICANS CHARGED WITH TERRORISM, THE FIRST UNDER SOUTH AFRICA'S NEW 'TERRORISM ACT', WAS ADJOURNED IN PRETORIA YESTERDAY (MONDAY) UNTIL SEPTEMBER 11. A REQUEST BY THE DEFENCE CALLED FOR THE ADJOURNMENT, WITH THE SUBMISSION THAT SOUTH AFRICA WAS NOT IN FACT ENTITLED TO HOLD THE TRIAL.

    THE ACCUSED, WHO APPEARED BRIEFLY BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT, FACE A POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE UNDER THE NEW ACT, WHICH EQUATES TERRORISM WITH TREASON. THEY ARE ALL FROM SOUTH WEST AFRICA, WHICH SOUTH AFRICA ADMINISTERS UNDER A LEAGUE OF NATIONS MANDATE.

    THE 37, ALL BANTU TRIBESMEN, ARE ALLEGED TO HAVE RECEIVED GUERRILLA TRAINING ABROAD, AND TO HAVE RE-ENTERED SOUTH WEST AFRICA ARMED WITH RUSSIAN AND CHINESE WEAPONS. THE FACT THAT THEY SPEAK ONLY OVAMBO PRESENTS COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES, AND THE DEFENCE COUNSEL HAS CLAIMED THAT IT NEEDS MORE TIME TO STUDY THE TERRORISM ACT. A NEW JUDGE, MR. JUSTICE VAN WYK DE VRIES, HAS ONLY RECENTLY BEEN APPOINTED TO TRY THE CASE, AFTER THE SUDDEN DEATH OF THE JUDGE ORIGINALLY TO HAVE HEARD IT. MR. DE VRIES TOO NEEDS TIME TO PREPARE THE TRIAL.

    DEFENCE COUNSEL, MR. N. PHILLIPS, APPLYING FOR THE ADJOURNMENT, SAID ONE OF THE REASONS FOR POSTPONING THE TRIAL WAS TO CONSIDER IF THE TERRORISM ACT, RETROSPECTIVE TO 1962, WAS WITHIN THE LEGISLATIVE COMPETENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT AS IT APPLIED TO SOUTH WEST AFRICA. THIS INVOLVED QUESTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAETL1EEXVGXDLV7RBY3YEDAWA
    Media URN:
    VLVAETL1EEXVGXDLV7RBY3YEDAWA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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