Legislation is expected to be tabled in the Rhodesian Parliament within the next four days that will enable the Government to control movement around the country of unemployed Africans.
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MCU Sithole speaking
Member of Parliament, Mr Edward Watungwa, described the legislation as "oppressive". He said:
WATUNGWA: "One has to take an account of the fact that when you have an officer endorsing your certificate book, he may endorse the certificate book because he hates you, or because he dislikes you, or because you didn't give him a pint of beer at one particular place and these are injustices which will suffer, if not torture the African people."
The publicity secretary of the African National Council, Mr Edison Sithole also attacked the legislation:
SITHOLE: "We oppose the legislation for three reasons. Firstly, it's directed at Africans only; secondly, it requires Africans to carry these identity cards wherever they may be; and thirdly, because it is the cause of harassment of Africans by the police."
REPORTER: "How does this all affect the feeling of the A.N.C. towards settlement proposals with Britain?"
SITHOLE: "It has proved our point. When we said we couldn't accept the proposals because we could not trust the Rhodesian Government, we were considered to be very wrong. Now it is there for everyone to see.
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Background: Legislation is expected to be tabled in the Rhodesian Parliament within the next four days that will enable the Government to control movement around the country of unemployed Africans.
The move follows a Bill introduced in Parliament two weeks ago requiring Africans to carry special passes at all times.
The Bill, now in the committee stage, has been attacked by the African National Council.