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    The South African government has issued a "banning order" on a 75-year-old anti-apartheid campaigner.

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    G/V: Anti-apartheid campaigner, Mrs Helen Joseph walking in the garden of her home in Johannesburg

    S/V: Mrs Joseph speaking to reporter

    S/V: Mrs Joseph holding banning order

    S/V & C/U Mrs Joseph speaking to reporter (3 shots)

    Mrs Joseph was given no official reasons for the banning order.

    MRS JOSEPH: "And I don't know whether its preventive or punitive -- it's probably both. I think it is punitive for what I have said and punitive for the reception I've had from various audiences. But it's also preventive because we have a big seminar coming up in 'Maritzburg (Pietermaritzburg) next week -- 'Maritzburg University -- in which I was going to play a fairly prominent part. And I think they are determined that .. but I can't get there now .. they've stopped me from going. And there's going to be a bit of a hole in my life. But on the other hand this is only for two years -- my other bans were for five years at the time. This one's only for two years. I'm not quite sure why it's only for two years. There are various possibilities. Maybe they won't think I'll last another two years. Maybe they think I'll be o decrepit at the end of two years that I won't be able to climb onto a platform. I don't know the answer. Maybe they think -- as I do -- that in two years??? time nobody's going to stop me getting onto a platform. Maybe things will have changed in two years. One aspect I think is tremendously important. Alright, this happened to me, and it is going to interfere with my activities. But what happens to me and what happens to any white is nothing to what happens to any black who gets the banning order. Alright, I'm going to have my movements restricted -- but I still live a better life because I'm white. I'm still far better off than my comrades any my colleagues in the 1950s -- they are sitting on Robben Island."

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    Background: The South African government has issued a "banning order" on a 75-year-old anti-apartheid campaigner. Mrs Helen Joseph -- a British-born widow -- is now barred from attending political gatherings or instructing students.

    This is the fourth time political restrictions have been imposed on Mrs Joseph in terms of South Africa's "Suppression of Communism Act." Previously she has been placed under house arrest, confined to her home at nights and at week-ends, forbidden to talk to more than one person at a time, and prevented from travelling outside her home town -- Johannesburg. When she was banned for the first time in 1957, the South African government silenced one of the most vociferous opponents of its apartheid system.

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