NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 17, 1985
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(Studio) Issue of disinvestment of United States companies in South Africa as effort to end that government's apartheid system examined. [Bishop Desmond TUTU - wants to affect change.] No. United States companies in South Africa adhering to the Sullivan Principle, named after General Motors board of dirs. member Leon Sullivan, mentioned; principle's function explained, outlined on screen. Caltex noted only United States firm in South Africa willing to be on camera due to political sensitivity of issue; Caltex employee Tommy Garcia profiled. [GARCIA - thinks non-whites wills suffer most if United States companies withdraw.] Caltex's support of local black school described. [Caltex spokesperson Denis FLETCHER - defines company's role in country.] Senator Edward Kennedy's recent visit of area recalled. [Allan BOESAK - doesn't believe United States companies are doing enough and have, in fact, contributed to apartheid; explains.] [Zulu leader Gatsha BUTHELEZI, foreign minister Roelof "Pik" BOTHA - oppose disinvestment; explain.] Econ. aspect of disinvestment considered. Senator Kennedy said planning introduction of legislature imposing economy sanctions on South Africa; individual states mentioned considering restrictions on investments in companies in South Africa.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw