An uneasy calm was prevailing in coloured townships around Capetown on Friday (20 June) as three days of violent rioting in the area subsided.
SV: Elimane Kane of Mauritania - the International Labour Organisation's Assistant Director-General for African Affairs speaking in English
KANE: "The government of South African claims that they are embarking on a very dramatic and drastic change. And some people think they are doing some changes. But some others are just having the opposite opinion. Those consider that it is window dressing; that all these changes are cosmetic changes. They have even claimed that those changes may even bring a war situation which is worse for the African...the African worker than before, by getting them more under control, by excluding more people from the organisation of labour. lets say, if you take the migrant workers in South Africa, and what is called the migrant workers are not only the workers that are coming from outside South Africa, but also from the Bantustan is also considered like a migrant workers. He doesn't have all the rights to be registered, or to be a member of a union. So for those they would be completely out of a union and not even allowed to be part of a union by legislation. So the change is, on that side, even worse for them. The other point that was made by some trade unionists in South Africa and outside, is that hose changes that are proposed by the government will put more strict controls on the registered unions, and so they would be watched and controlled by the government. The certain point one notices is that this legislation, under examination, will not allow the union to collect money even dues on the spot, or to get money from outside. I mean, from outside the union, be it from foreign countries or their sister organisations. So on that side it will put them in an even more difficult position."
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Background: An uneasy calm was prevailing in coloured townships around Capetown on Friday (20 June) as three days of violent rioting in the area subsided. United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim has again called on the South African government to abandon the apartheid system of racial separation and assure equal rights to all citizens. During an interview at the United nations in Geneva on Thursday (19 June) the International Labour Organisation's assistant Director-General for African Affairs, Mr Elimane Kane, spoke about conditions for black workers in South Africa.