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South Africa / Crackdown On Blacks / Kruger Interview #46247

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 21, 1977
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(South Africa) South Africa Justice Min. James Kruger is foremost figure in government crackdown on blacks; he says he agonized over decision, knowing results of it to South Africa's world reputation. (Interview with Kruger, in Pretoria, shown.) [KRUGER - cites process of weighing issues, but feels he made right choice in trying to stop unrest in his cntry. Doesn't know if disruption will now be stopped or more action lies in future, but is determined to stop it, especially in lives of blacks.] Normal amount of violence in Soweto noted; since it's not political, it's not banned. Govt. has tried toughness before, with mixed results; for most part though, South Africa's blacks not yet ready for revolt.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) State Department recalls United States ambassador to South Africa for consultations.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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