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    Demonstrator Market Forty South Africa House to film of Deference
    A demonstration in Durban, supporting the new FRELIMO government in Mozambique was broken up by the South African police on the 25th September.

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    Background: Demonstrator Market Forty South Africa House to film of Deference
    A demonstration in Durban, supporting the new FRELIMO government in Mozambique was broken up by the South African police on the 25th September. Nineteen were arrested on charges under the Rioters Assemblies Act.

    Special Branch raids, starting immediately after the demonstration have resulted in the arrest of practically the whole of the leadership of both the South African Student Organisation and the Black People Convention. Amongst them are Jeremiah Mesolovhodwe, National President of SASO and Muntu Meyzua their Organising Secretary. They are all charged under the notorious South African Terrorism Act and face indefinite detention without trial. If tried and found guilty they face minimum sentences of vive years. South Africa is set for a massive series of political trials; the only 'crime' which these people have committed is to oppose Apartheid and racism.

    This week South African students have mounted counter demonstrations. More than 1,000 at the University of the North occupied their campus, calling for their release. This occupation has ended, but campaign for their release grows day by day. Students in Britain support SASO and demand the release of all those jailed for political reasons by fascist South Africa.

    This is only the latest in a series of determined attacks by the South African Government since 1972 aimed at destroying SASO as well as all black organisations. Successive student leadership have been banned, effectively preventing their functioning and in February of this year Abraham Tiro, their organising Secretary was murdered by a letter bomb in Botswana.

    NUSAS, the predominately white anti-apartheid students union is also under attack. In 1973 its leadership was banned, it was recently declared an 'affected orgnisation' which means that it can no longer obtain funds form overseas and will result in the crippling of their welfare work in particular.

    Students, Trade Unionists, and all those concerned with freedom should protest now to the South African Government through its Embassy, and send messages of support to SASO whose address is: SASOM
    c/o 86 Beatrice Street,
    Durban, Natal,
    South Africa.

    The forces of liberation are closing in on the Vorster Government in South Africa. Despite its enormous ar???nal of weaponry which is necessary to maintain the apartheid system, the government are being opposed from inside and out.

    SASO and NUSAS are not the only forces opposing the apartheid system. More and more strikes of black worker are occurring - even though strikes are illegal. As resistance grows so the Government answers with more oppressive legislation. More oppressive legislation has been created this year including a fundamental attack on the freedom of the press. Winnie Mandela, wife of the imprisoned African Congress leader, Nelson Mandela, has recently been jailed for communicating with another banned person. She has been charged under the Suppression of Communism act had the Terrorism Act, but each time was acquitted. Yet while awaiting trail she spent over a year in jail and as soon as she was acquitted she was banned. Such example illustrate the desperation of the Voster Government.

    Moreover when it looks North the apartheid regime can see other dark clouds developing. Progress towards the decolonisation of the Portuguese terrorities, especially in Mozambique, is creating deep holes in the defence of white racialism. Ian Smith in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) knows he is living on borrowed time and the South africans know it too. And closest to home in Namibia; SWAPO have built a wide basis of political and military opposition to apartheid and for national liberation.

    At the United Nations, the South Africans are threatened with expulsion. One of their few defenders are the british Labour Government who since coming to power have shown the same hypocrisy as the Tories by condemning apartheid by words but supporting it through its actions.

    In breach of Labour Party policy, the Ministry of Defence has sent a fleet of eleven warships on what is, despite official denials, a goodwill visit to South Africa. British support for their airforce and navy is used to intimidate the black independent States of Africa, as well as south Africa's won population.

    The naval visit is an act of criminal proportions which is being committee in our names and earning this country the contempt of the whole world.

    We call on the British Government to cease their co-operation with south Africa;
    To support the total economic boycott of South Africa;
    to support the liberation movements in the fight for a free and democrat South Africa.

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