A boost has been given to the fight against apartheid in South Africa. The country's?
GV Shore PAN TO Village.
LV Coloureds in village. (2 shots)
GV Blacks and coloureds in Cape Town streets. (5 shots)
SV Sonny Leon Labour Party Leader being interviewed.
CU Sonny Leon talking to camera (starts talking at 51 ft) and over scenes of last year's violence. (4 shots)
GV Coloured township people standing around children playing.
REPORTER: "South Africa's two and half million coloureds have been described as the nation's forgotten step-children. The National Party's policy of apartheid decrees that they will live in White South Africa, but they remain in limbo, becoming more bitter against their second class status and limited political voice. The majority of South Africa's coloureds live in the Cape area where they work as fishermen or in a variety of urban jobs. Coloured politics extend to elections for a coloured representative council. The strongest coloured political organisation is the Labour Party, which has been to the fore in leading coloured opinion away from acceptance of the status quo, and into a campaign for an end to apartheid, and the introduction of a single government on the basis of one man, one vote. When it comes to the crunch, says Labour Party Leader Sonny Leon, the coloured people won't be found on the sides of the whites."
REPORTER: "Is it realistic for the coloured group and black Africans within South Africa to think that it is possible to overthrow the present White Government, the Nationalist Government, here without resorting to violence?"
LEON: "A lot depends on what assistance we will get from outside. Of course internally we haven't got a hope because White South Africa enjoys the special privilege of having a very, very strong security force and they could quell at any time and any stage any form of disturbances in the country."
REPORTER: "Do you think that violence is likely in the push forward for political rights in South Africa?"
LEON: "The signs are there with our young people rejecting our type of conservative politics. Young people are no longer willing to wait much longer."
REPORTER: "Ten years ago according to Mr. Leon, his people believed in the fairness of the South African government. Today, he says, he has no illusions. Richard Palfreyman, ABC News, Capetown."
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Background: A boost has been given to the fight against apartheid in South Africa. The country's mainly coloured Labour Party announced that it will join in a campaign with the black population for the introduction of a single government based on one man, one vote. From Capetown...ABC's Richard Palfreyman reports.