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    In South Africa, Prime Minister Pieter Botha says he may consider changing the laws barring sex or marriage between races.

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    CU Minister of Manpower and Utilisation Fanie Botha speaking in English

    GV AND CU Black women sewing in factory (2 shots)

    CU General Secretary of National Union of Clothing Workers Mrs. Lucy Mvubelo speaking in English

    BOTHA: "What this means now is that all citizens of South Africa or of countries formerly belonging to South Africa will be allowed to belong to registered trade unions. It will therefore mean that the age-old dispute will now be resolved. I think it will mean a lot to our people in South |African because it would mean that there will be no discrimination at all."

    REPORTER: "Which workers are still disqualified from trade union membership?"

    BOTHA: "Actually one can understand that foreigners will not be allowed and its was decided that contract workers or persons working in South Africa on assignments and going back to their countries of origin after completion of the work will not be allowed to belong to trade unions. I think it is quite right that it should be that way."

    MVUBELO: "Now that the minister has come about with a new development, we feel satisfied as people who have been fighting for the recognition of black workers in this country for many many years, ever since the formation of our union. We feel that we have won the long struggle that has been facing us. And I do believe that black unions and black workers will take up this development with sincerity -- and do register, I know that some of them feel that they don't want to register, but I hope they will register and show the government that our efforts have not been in vain."

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    Background: In South Africa, Prime Minister Pieter Botha says he may consider changing the laws barring sex or marriage between races. His statement on Wednesday (26 September) startled politicians and churchmen as the Immorality Act and Mixed Marriages Act are widely regarded as pillars of apartheid. The move followed the granting of trade union rights to all black workers on Tuesday (25 September). South Africa's Minister of Manpower Utilisation Mr. Fanie Botha later commented on the change in trade union law.

    SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Lucy Mvubelo, the General Secretary of the National Union of Clothing Workers, was overjoyed by the news.

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