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    In the United States, there's been a row over the decision by the government to revoke the visa of a white South African boxer.

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    CU Boxing promoter, Don King, speaking in English at United Nations.

    CU South African Heavyweight boxer, Kallie Knoetze, being interviewed in English by reporter Barbara Walters.

    KING: "I feel that it is my obligation and duty to stand up and be accounted for when a crisis such as this comes about. Mr. Knoetze shot and crippled a black youth during the crisis in South Africa, and one of injustice since its very beginning, and later on intimidated witnesses, which called for an obstruction of justice charge which he was found guilty of in South Africa. And I felt that an athlete that is a Praetorian police and that, with the deck stacked with an apartheid government, apartheid judiciary, he did an apartheid cop and the six charges that he brought against the black youth were all exonerated. He was found guilty, then it really tells you something about Mr. Knoetze. His record is indicative to the nature of him who is a sworn adherent to upholding a form of government and a philosophy of life that oppresses black people."

    WALTERS: "Kallie, what is your reaction to having your visa revoked?"

    KNOETZE: "Well, I got no reaction. I'm here in America and I got a lawyer and I stuck by the law. I'm not changing the law. That's that with me. I feel a little bad that it's off, because I think they got the wrong idea about me. As far as me, I stuck by it. It's law, and you can't change law for just one person, or change law for anything."

    WATER: "Do you plan any action to have your visa reinstated?"

    KNOETZE: "Well, we will see what we can do. We will discuss this thing with your government and your people, and if they see that we are only very sporting people and that we are here for sport and no politics or anything. I think the main thing there was politics, but I just can't see why they bring politics to sport."

    WALTERS: "Do you think it was Jesse Jackson's comment that was responsible for the State Department's action.?"

    KNOETZE: "I don't know what was the objection. I never even was concerned with these objections, and if he did it, I think he will feel badly because it will bother him."

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    Background: In the United States, there's been a row over the decision by the government to revoke the visa of a white South African boxer. Heavyweight Kallie Knoefze shot a black youth -- who later had a leg amputated -- when he was a policeman in Pretoria. He was due to box American, Bill Sharkey, in Miami on January the thirteenth, but now the fight has been called off. One of those who led the moves to have Knoetze banned was boxing promoter Don King.

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