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South Africa / United Nations Security Council / Banning Orders / National Party Members #46264

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1977
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(Studio) United Nations Security Council begins discussing South Africa's apartheid policy, especially last week's banning of black orgs. and leaders Black African ntns. want sanctions against South Africa.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Among those banned in South Africa is "East London " (South Africa) "Daily Dispatch" newspaper editor Donald Woods, who was arrested and then banned.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(E. London, South Africa) Case of Woods used to explain term "banned." Details of restrictions placed on Woods as result of being banned noted; reporter can't repeat anything editor says to him, as Woods might get criminal charge and jail. [Mrs. Wendy WOODS - cites concerns with regard to strain husband's confinement will place on marriage; thinks they'll keep away from each other as much as they need to.] Govt. hasn't charged Woods with anything, but apparently thinks words he printed were subversive and contributed to racial unrest. [Newspaper director Terry BRICELAND - says secret police meet in secret tribunal to pass sentence on person, who doesn't even know he's on trial.] "Daily Dispatch" will continue to criticize government, but without sort of writing that got Woods into trouble. Banning is effective, because person can be silenced completely and immediately, and there is no appeal of banning order.
REPORTER: Rex Ellis

(Studio) South Africa government's crackdown probably caused more stir outside cntry. than in it, since major of whites there are behind prime Min. Vorster. However, not many of these can be found in liberal, English-speaking circles in Johannesburg. On recent trip to South Africa, anchor and rpting. team go to farm of Johann Van Nie Kirk, who is member of Vorster's National party
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Klerksdorp, South Africa) Report on lifestyle and farming procedure of Van Nie Kirk, include relationship with blacks who work for him and how they live. Blacks on farm have higher living standard than do urban blacks. Van Nie Kirk's family have had farm for 100 years and whites were doing all work for selves before blacks showed up and hseholder. became more of manager Van Nie Kirk reads Solzhenitsyn and quotes Shakespeare. Reasons for Van Nie Kirk's support of apartheid and of government's recent crackdown on black orgs. and newspapers cited. [VAN NIE KIRK - thinks there must be some Communist idea behind unrest. Believes there's great future for South Africa and that it lies in policies of Vorster and National party] Last real violence in area was when British burned Mrs. Van Nie Kirk's grandfather's house in 1900.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reporter(s):
Ellis, Rex;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:05:30

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