Many of South Africa's leading anti-apartheid campaigners, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, attended a Cape Town rally on September 19 addressed by Dr.
Cape Town: Clergymen including Bishop Tutu enter church with Dr. Allan Boesak
SV Congregation taking seats
GV Singing by choir of Langa Township
GV Congregation seated
SV Choir hugging members of congregation
GV Crowd applauds and Dr. Allan Boesak, President of World Alliance of Reformed Churches speaks (SOT)
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE SIX) BOESAK: "The presence of Desmond Tutu and other brothers and sisters on this platform, within this hall, must signify to us -- if not to others, that we in this country belong together -- that we must strive together, that we must fight together, that we must live together and that we shall die together. Even now it must be clear that the bonds that are between us cannot be broken even not by decree of a government or by the temptations that are laid before certain sections of our communities in the new proposals that mean that we must be separated from one and other -- torn from one and other. That we, one group must face privileges and rights that we at the same time will deny to those who are our brothers and sisters, and who cannot be divorced from us even though we may think that this is possible."
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Background: Many of South Africa's leading anti-apartheid campaigners, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, attended a Cape Town rally on September 19 addressed by Dr. Allan Boesak. Dr. Boesak, a black South African clergymen, was recently elected president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. The meeting was held in a church in Cape Town and conveyed a strong anti-government, anti-apartheid feeling. In his address, Dr. Boesak said decrees and temptations set by the government would not break the bonds between those who oppose the policies of the Botha administration. He urged those present to live together, fight together and to die together. The appointment of Dr. Boesak as head of the 70 million strong World Alliance of Churches has been seen as an indication of the stand by Protestant, Presbyterian and Congregational churches -- against apartheid. He is the Alliance's first third world leader.