Bishop Colin Winter of Damaraland was expelled from South West Africa on March 5 after he had supported Ovambo miners in their strike against the contract labour system operated by the South African authorities.
GV INT. United Nation committee in session(silent)
SV Bishop Winter speaking
SOF STARTS: The white South Africa Government....."
ENDS: "...the white police."
WINTER: "The white South African Government has again made history. While it claims to be an upholder of the western Christian way of life, it has expelled four Christian missionaries from the territory of Namibia, without giving reasons, and without acceding to out request to be brought before an open court of law and tried for the alleged offenses which in the eyes of the Administration and his all-white Legislative Council have made threat??? that we have made become threats and dangers to the peace and good order of the territory.
The white South African State acted against the four of us ostensib??? because the Anglican church has been a forthright critic of the evils of apartheid in the Territory of Namibia, and we have exposed the deep suffering which it causes to the overwhelming majority of the black peoples there. Further, my own declaration that the Ovambo strikers had a just cause for striking, and a further statement that I would see that the Church paid for the legal defence of the accused.
They list five main grievances, quote: First, we do not want the contract labour system to be improved, or that it should be given another name; second, all sorts of ways of selling people meet with our disagreement third, we want the barricade to be removed, and in its place should be given a legal agreement; fourth, we also want the right to take our families with us, and the right to visit people when we wish to; fifth, we want liberty for those people to do the work they want to, and of which they have experience, the freedom to change ones place of employment without landing in jail first.
I believe that these five points should be seen in their context, ir??? conjunction with the declaration the black Lutheran Bishop, the Right Reverend Leonard Awala, who in his open letter to the Prime Minister of South Africa preceded the strike, and gave the white South African Government ample warning that the Ovambo people rejected apartheid, rejected the contract labour system, and live in constant fear and harassment from white officials and the white police."
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Background: Bishop Colin Winter of Damaraland was expelled from South West Africa on March 5 after he had supported Ovambo miners in their strike against the contract labour system operated by the South African authorities.
On Friday, Bishop Winter testified before the United Nations Namibia Committee on conditions in the territory.