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    A United States negro Judge has accused South Africa of fraud after a visit there.?

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    GTV Apartheid Committee meeting ZOOM IN TO Judge Booth

    CU Booth speaking

    Transcript Seq. 2: Judge Booth: "A cruel propaganda hoax is played by South Africa in its slick colour book entitled "Prison Administration in South Africa" -- it's on the shelf of the library here at the United Nations. This costly fraud contains picture of Leeukop Prison for black prisoners, a facility which I visited. The pictures show beds with blankets, sheets, pillows in a dormitory for prisoners -- together with good lighting, desks, and no overcrowding. But what I saw in Leeukop was just the reverse. I saw cells thirty by thirty feet, in which 35 to 40 prisoners were cramped, spending long terms - five to ten to fifteen years - with no beds, no desks, no lights, no furniture and no facilities except one open toilet bowl and a water tap above which serves a dual purpose -- that is flushing the toilet bowl and drinking out of cupped hands. These prisoners sleep, night after night, on small pieces of cloth, three foot by six foot, laid directly upon the concrete floor. And when the prison director, Colonel Pretorius, called -- with me, I was up on the catwalk with him -- he called to ask them how they were doing, of course they answered in chorus "Fine, Colonial". They couldn't do anything else. The South African is proud of his judicial system. And it seems true that "justice" is well administered. But, the law that is administered is bad, is inhumane, and is unconscionable."

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    Background: A United States negro Judge has accused South Africa of fraud after a visit there. He is Judge William Booth, a New York Criminal Court judge, who made the accusation during an address to the United Nations Apartheid Committee yesterday (July 19). Judge Booth, who visited South Africa recently in his role as a senior church official to attend the trial of the Dean of Johannesburg, said what the saw during a prison visit directly contradicted printed information published by the South African Government. He and two other American churchmen were detained and questioned by police at one stage of their visit.

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