INTRODUCTION: The South African government has withdrawn the passport of Bishop Desmond Tutu, the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches.
GV Bishop Desmond Tutu leaves house in Soweto
GV Bishop's house
SCU Bishop Tutu speaking
SCU Reporter Kevin Hamilton asking question
SCU Bishop answering, reporter asking question, Bishop answering (3 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 3: TUTU: "Well, in part I think the Prime Minister was playing to a political gallery, and it's a pity, because I thought he was a far bigger man that he has proved to be. I think he's behaves like a pathetic little bully."
SEQ. 4: HAMILTON: "So you think it might have something, then, to do with the upcoming white elections in less than ten days' time?"
TUTU: "Well, you see Mr. Vorster, in his elections, had Mr. Carter and Andy Young as the ogres with which to frighten the white voters. It seems as if I'm being billed in the same sort of role."
HAMILTON: "Speaking of Mr. Carter and Mr. Young, do you think that the white South African government here will adopt tougher policies knowing that the Reagan government might be more sympathetic towards it?"
TUTU: "I'm sure they're going to try a few things to see what reactions they get out of the Reagan administration. When I spoke at the State Department, one of the officials there said that they thought the South African government was likely to take action against me or someone like me, in order to test out the Reagan administration."
HAMILTON: "But your work will continue?"
TUTU: "Oh, absolutely. There is nothing they can do to me which is going to stop our liberation, and we're going to be free."
HAMILTON: "Thanks very much."
TUTU: "Thank you."
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr, Robert Runcie, who is world head of the Anglican Church, to which Bishop Tutu belongs, said he was distressed by the withdrawal of the Bishop's passport. "Desmond Tutu is working for peace", the Archbishop said, "and is speaking now to avoid violence later".
REPORTER: KEVIN HAMILTON
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The South African government has withdrawn the passport of Bishop Desmond Tutu, the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. The government took the view that Bishop Tutu had used it improperly during a tour of the United States and Western Europe. A week before it took action, the Prime Minister, Mr. P.W. Botha had said: "When you travel on a passport granted to you, you must behave. You cannot use the privilege granted to you, and then misuse it to organise boycott against your country."
SYNOPSIS: Bishop Tutu said two plainclothes policemen called at his home at Soweto and ordered him to hand over his passport. He told Visnews reporter Kevin Hamilton what he thought was the reason.