In South Africa, major black political organisations have condemned the proposed rugby tour by the British Lions' team.
SV Chairman of Soweto's Committee of Ten speaking in English
MOTLANA:"I think it would be fair to say that most blacks are unhappy about the Lions tour to South Africa. We can't understand that, in view of the existing Gleneagles Agreement to discourage sporting ties with South Africa, the British Home Unions should choose this particular moment to send a Lions team to South Africa. We were encouraged to think that Britain is interested in finding out whether sport had become normal in South Africa. Obviously, the rugby people are not interested in that kind of thing and therefore we feel quite--something of a let-down by those that authorised this particular tour at this particular time."
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Background: In South Africa, major black political organisations have condemned the proposed rugby tour by the British Lions' team. The tour was approved by all of Britain's four Home Unions, but has met with considerable resistance from black African and Caribbean countries. The tour's opponents say it is against the principles of the Gleneagles Agreement, signed by Commonwealth countries and designed to discourage sporting links with South Africa, because of its policy of apartheid. Mr. Motlana, the President of the Soweto Committee of the Ten-which represents the black township's one-and-a-half million inhabitants--said on Friday (11 January) that blacks of fighting apartheid felt let-down by Britain's rugby organisers.