CAPE TOWN & JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Members of various church groups heard impassioned speeches from church leaders at two separate rallies, in Cape Town and Johannesburg on June 24, denouncing the South African Government's resettlement policies.
CAPE TOWN & JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
CAPE TOWN: (RUBYTHON):
1. CU & SV Dr Allan Boesak, president of World Alliance of Reformed Churches speaking (SOT) (3 shots) 1.05
2. CU PULL BACK TO SV People singing in church 1.20
3. SCU Reverend Frank Chikane speaking (SOT) and people listening (4 shots) 2.21
BOESAK: (SEQ. ONE): "God's honour is not served when there are children who die of hunger. God's honour is not served when there are people who are homeless. God's honour is not served when those who have a home for themselves are robbed of that home and sent into those concentration camps, euphemistically called resettlement areas, where they will die of hunger, where their children will suffer starvation and where there will be no future for them. For in the real sense, my brothers and sisters, a government ought not to be an enemy of the people, it ought to be a shepherd of the people and the property seekers. It needs to take the people by the hand and it needs to lead them to those pastures where it is green, and where there is water and where they can rest and where they can feed themselves and their children and where they can be human with one another and where they can love one another and where there shall be justice. This is what a government needs to do."
CHIKANE: (SEQ. 3): "It is clear, therefore, that the so-called Bantustans are one a product and a consequence of the seizure of land from the African majority and the consequential process of relocation. For you to confine people to 13 per cent of the land which they used freely originally, you need to relocate, remove them and put them wherever you want to put them. And therefore the question of relocations is part and parcel of the Apartheid strategies. In a violent manner they took the land and now they must accept the consequences that violence breeds violence. And when the people go and become violent, they should not say these people like (indistinct) are cruel, terrorist organisations. They must say we are the cruel people who have driven them to these types of people."
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Background: CAPE TOWN & JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Members of various church groups heard impassioned speeches from church leaders at two separate rallies, in Cape Town and Johannesburg on June 24, denouncing the South African Government's resettlement policies. In Cape Town, Dr. Allan Boesak, president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, told at least one-thousand people that government should not be the enemy of the people. The government instead should be the shepherd of the people, to lead them to green pastures, where they could rest and feed themselves, where they could be human with one another and love one another. He said that God's honour was not served when people were robbed of their homes and sent to "concentration camps", which he said were euphemistically called resettlement areas. Dr. Boesak said a government that made laws which discriminated against people because of colour was not a servant of God. One the same day 150 people attended a rally at the Coronationville Hall in Johannesburg to hear Reverend Frank Chikane, a leading member of the anti-Apartheid United Democratic Front Movement, warn of bloodshed if the Government did not abandon its resettlement plans. He told an audience of White, Black and Coloured people that the South African Government would have to accept the consequences of their action, and that violence bred violence. He said the African majority had had their land seized in a violent manner and were now confined to only thirteen per cent of that land which once was theirs to use freely. Reverend Chikane stressed that if people turned to violence and terrorism, the government should realise that it alone had driven them to it. Both meetings were organised by the South African Council of Churches and came at a time when the Government, under its policy of Apartheid, had reiterated its intention to continue plans for resettling various Black communities in Bantustans. Earlier this year a joint report condemning forced removals was issued by the Council of Churches and the African Bishops Conference. They urged Christian
s throughout the nation to support threatened communities.
Source: JOHN RUBYTHON AND REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON