INTRODUCTION: Anti-apartheid groups in Britain and the Netherlands have published reports giving details of how South Africa is importing oil.
SV EXTERIOR Mike Terry, Executive Secretary of anti-apartheid movement, Jan de Jong, Holland Committee on Southern Africa, and Irene Ginwala walking outside Houses of Parliament
Robert Hughes, M.P. speaking
CU Jan de Jong speaking
CU Irene Ginwala speaking
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 2: HUGHES: "We've just come from the Houses of Commons, where we've given a press conference to introduce two reports on how oil is getting through to South Africa, mainly by British involvement in tankers and British oil companies. Since the Shah of Iran was deposed, South Africa has had difficulty in getting oil, because 90 per cent of its imports came from Iran. We produced documents, both in Britain and in Holland, to show that the OPEC embargo on oil to South Africa is being broken. We believe this is a very serious matter, and we are putting pressure on the government to stop all oil getting to South Africa, and in particular to stop North Sea oil, which is Britain's own oil, being exported to South Africa."
SEQ. 3: DE JONG: "The main results of this study show that western companies and western countries, like U.K., U.S.A., Norway and the Netherlands play a key role in supplying oil to South Africa. Shell, Texaco and Mobil chartered at least one third of the 150 listed tankers in the report. The four western countries I mentioned manage and own more than half of the 150 tankers in the report."
SEQ. 4: GINWALA: "We're also concerned, because oil is of particular importance to the Pretoria regime. It's the one vital commodity which they can't get from anywhere else. It also, of course, literally fuels apartheid."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Anti-apartheid groups in Britain and the Netherlands have published reports giving details of how South Africa is importing oil. This is in spite of a ban on supplying South Africa, imposed by most members of OPEC -- the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries -- since 1973. The reports are being sent to the United Nations Committee against Apartheid in the hope of persuading the Security Council to order mandatory sanctions, including an oil embargo, against South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Robert Hughes, M.P., Chairman of the British movement, Jan de Jong from Holland and Irene Ginwala of the African National Congress spoke to Visnews in London.