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    The United Nation's African group has dismissed reports that Zulus in South Africa are opposing a black work boycott in South Africa.

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    CU Kruger answers reporters' questions

    SV EXTERIOR United Nations building

    CU Mogale Mokgoatsane speaking

    The United Nations Security Council is to discuss efforts to obtain independence for Namibia (South West Africa) next month and it has set an August 31 deadline for South Africa to withdraw from the territory. When the discussions take place, the African states will call for a hard line against South Africa, possibly including trade sanctions.

    REPORTER: "What is your view of the opinion of many people overseas that the riots are in fact demonstrations on the part of the blacks the rejection of South Africa's policy of separate development."

    KRUGER: "I don't think the riots can be seen in that light because it's very difficult when rioting occurs, and it occurs all over the globe, to say it's a rejection of policy. It may well be a rejection of policy, but it may be something different. It may be n overthrow of government or something like that. It's not necessarily a rejection of a policy. It may be a total rejection of the white man too. This is also possible."

    MOKGOATSANE: "In so far as the so-called Zulu episode is concerned, this is a deliberate attempt to infuse tribal overtone into it. There are numerous hostels in Soweto. In these hostels, the inmates of these hostels are set up according to what is called ethnic groupings, they are migrant labour that has been recruited from the rural areas which are now bantusland and those that come from a particular area would inevitably be of a particular origin, speaking particular language, would be housed in a particular hostel. What has happened is that the agents provocateur of the government have gone to this particular hostel and have paid off killers in that hostel and instructed them to go and attack the permanent, the regular residents, of Soweto, in order to label this adventure as a Zulu attack and thereby getting the residents to take up recriminatory actions against Zulus indiscriminately."

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    Background: The United Nation's African group has dismissed reports that Zulus in South Africa are opposing a black work boycott in South Africa. At a news conference at the United Nations on Friday (27 August), the Pen African Congress delegate, Mogale Mokgoatsane blamed the South African government and said it was sending in hired killers to "split the blacks up". Meanwhile in Pretoria, South Africa, Justice and Police Minister, James Kruger, has spoken to reporters about rioting in the black township of Soweto.

    SYNOPSIS: At the United Nations' news conference where African states called for measures against South Africa, Pan African Congress delegate Mr. Mokgoatsane was one of the speakers.

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