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    SV DR. ABRAHAMS INTERVIEWED, WIFE ON RIGHT-HAND SIDE



    S.O.F. BEGINS: "DR. ABRAHAMS WHY WAS IT THAT YOU LEFT SOUTHWEST AFRICA?.......



    S.O.F. ENDS" ....WE HAVE IDENTIFIED THEM"
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    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "DR. ABRAHAMS, WHY WAS IT THAT YOU LEFT SOUTH WEST AFRICA IN THE FIRST PLACE?"



    TRANSCRIPT: DR. ABRAHAMS: "I LEFT BECAUSE I KNEW THAT THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT WANTED TO BRING ME BEFORE THE COURTS AND CHARGE ME WITH SABOTAGE. AND FOR VARIOUS REASONS, I PREFERRED NOT TO COME BEFORE THE COURT."



    INTERVIEWER: "AND THEN YOU SET OUT ACROSS THE DESERT TO SOUTHERN BECHUANALAND. EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED ON THE WAY? IT'S BEEN DESCRIBED AS A WILD WEST EPISODE."



    DR. ABRAHAMS: "YES, WELL FIRST WE SET OUT FROM THE SOUTHWEST AND THEN ONE SUNDAY MORNING WE SET OUT FROM GHANZI TO LUBAZI IN BECHUANALAND. NOW SHORTLY AFTER WE HAD LEFT GHANZI, THE TRUCK IN WHICH WE WERE TRAVELLING WAS STOPPED BY FOUR WHITE MEN. NOW THEY HAD A TRUCK OF THEIR OWN WHICH WAS PARKED FACING SOUTHWEST AFRICA. WELL, THEY ASKED THE DRIVER FOR A LIFT TO LUBAZI AND THEY SAID THEY COULD COME ALONG IF THEY PAID THE MONEY. SO FOUR OF THEM GOT ON OUR TRUCK AND SAID TO US 'THE FOUR OF YOU GET UP'. NOW AT THAT TIME WE DIDN'T SUSPECT THAT ANYTHING WAS GOING WRONG. SO WE SAID TO THEM THAT WERE THERE FIRST AND WE'RE NOT GETTING UP FOR ANYONE. AT THAT, THEY PRODUCED REVOLVERS AND ONE PRODUCED A KNIFE AND SAID, 'WELL, IF YOU DON'T GET UP, YOU'RE GOING TO GET SHOT. WITH THAT WE JUMPED UP QUICKLY AND AS MR. BEUKES MADE SOME PROTEST HE SAID 'I'D RATHER DIE THAN GIVE IN TO YOU PEOPLE.! THEY DIDN'T GIVE US A CHANCE TO SAY ANYTHING FURTHER BECAUSE THEY POUNCED ON US, BEAT UP MR. BEUKES WHO WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS..."



    INTERVIEWER: "HE'S AN ELDERLY MAN, I SUPPOSE?"



    DR. ABRAHAMS: "YES, HE'S 50 YEARS OLD. HE WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS AND MR. SHIPANGA WAS ALSO ASSAULTED AND WE WERE ALL BUNDLED INTO THE KIDNAPPERS' TRUCK. MR. SHIPANGA AND MR. BEUKES WERE HANDCUFFED. THE TRUCK THEN SET OFF IN THE DIRECTION OF SOUTHWEST AFRICA. AT FIRST WE THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD TRY TO DO US IN BECAUSE WE COULDN'T IMAGINE THAT PEOPLE WOULD KIDNAP US AND THEN PRODUCE US BEFORE THE COURTS, BECAUSE THEN THE STORY OF THE KIDNAPPING WOULD COME OUT AND ALL THAT. SO IN THE FIRST HOUR WE REALLY FEARED FOR OUR LIVES. BUT AFTERWARDS, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THEY DID NOT INTEND DOING ANY FURTHER HARM; SO THE TRUCK CROSSED THE BORDER TO SOUTH-WEST AFRICA; THEY MADE US HELP IN FLATTENING THE BORDER FENCE, THEN WE WENT TO A FARM IN THE SOUTHWEST, AND AFTER THAT THE POLICE TOOK US IN HAND. WE WENT TO A POLICE STATION AND THEN WE WENT TO GUBAZA AND I EXPECT EVERYONE KNOWS THE REST OF THE STORY."



    INTERVIEWER: "AND YOU ARE CERTAIN THAT SOME OF YOUR CAPTORS WERE POLICEMEN?"



    DR. ABRAHAMS: "WE ARE VERY SURE OF THAT. WE HAVE IDENTIFIED THEM"




    Initials JRG/S/WH/PC


    EDITORS: THIS SOUND INTERVIEW OF DR. ABRAHAMS IS FOR USE WITH 6792/63 4 SEPTEMBER 63. DR. ABRAHAMS CLAIMS HE WAS KIDNAPPED BY IN BECHUANALAND BY SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE. S.O.F. (STARTS)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA72NVCG0FO7PU2JDYXWID0R0B5
    Media URN:
    VLVA72NVCG0FO7PU2JDYXWID0R0B5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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