INTRODUCTION: The South African Council of Churches (SACC) which involves all the country's main churches, has decided to boycott the planned celebrations in May of the 20th anniversary of the Republic of South Africa.
GV EXTERIOR ZOOM IN TO SV Khotso House headquarters of South African Council of Churches.
SV INTERIOR Bishop Desmond Tutu, General Secretary of South African Council of Churches, speaking.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
TUTU: (SEQ 2): "We have passed many resolutions of far-reaching importance. We said people must observe the month of May with a penitential feeling and not one of celebrating 20 years of Republican rule in South Africa. We have asked foreign investors to ensure that their investments will promote full human rights in a united South Africa. And we have also related to other overseas sporting bodies that we cannot have normal sports in an abnormal society."
REPORTER: "What about the international tennis player who was turned around in Nigeria?"
TUTU: "I think they would he made to realize that this whole situation in South Africa cannot be treated lightly. And you cannot come here and pretend that you are not somehow giving comfort to people who uphold one of the most vicious systems in the world."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The South African Council of Churches (SACC) which involves all the country's main churches, has decided to boycott the planned celebrations in May of the 20th anniversary of the Republic of South Africa. Several other proposals, put forward by SACC General Secretary, Bishop Desmond Tutu, were passed Wednesday night (25 February) by the national Executive of the Council, a bitter opponent of the government's apartheid policies. It called for the rejection of visits by overseas sporting teams to the country to protest against the Pretoria Council's decision to ban blacks from using its soccer stadium. Another proposal demanded that foreign investment should only take place if full human rights in a united country were promoted. About the boycott decision, Bishop Tutu said that as three-quarters of the country's inhabitants had nothing to celebrate, rather the reverse, the Executive had asked all church leaders to treat May as a penitential month. The resolution said the blacks had seen intensified opposition during the past 26 years with the fragmented and the black population eliminated by the homelands policy.
SYNOPSIS: Bishop Tutu spoke to newsmen from SACC headquarters.