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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 3. 1965.



"Certain members of the Students' Association have over-stepped the bounds of discretion," a student, Roger Lawrence, told Executive. He was referring to the publication or the booklet "Spotlight on Education under Apartheid." "Their actions tend to bring discredit on the Students' Association," he alleged.

Mr. Lawrence said he felt he should speak for the student body because the Executive ignored it. He agreed that students had a right to express views but thought that Executive members had to have responsible, informed opinion.

He quoted from the booklet: Non-violence has been tried but it is now considered out of the question, for this is a policy effective only against a government with a conscience and it is clearly evident that the South African government has no conscience." Mr. Lawrence claimed that the statement was subversive and brought the Association into disrespect.

"I think that the posters—as they are—will present to the average student fee idea that we are bringing an African student out here, which is not the case," Roger Lawrence continued. "You shouldn't make students think it is a VUWSA or NZUSA scholarship."

Confusion struck when, in reply, Helen Sutch revealed that Mr. Lawrence had designed the posters. Yet his speech had seemed sincerely meant, and Miss Sutch treated it seriously. She pointed out that VUWSA had sent a motion on the creation or scholarships to NZUSA, which had unanimously accepted it at Winter Council. Now the scholarships had become national student policy.

The scholarships were to be for African students to study in South Africa, and were to be administered by the South African Committee for Higher Education (Sached) which had been set up at the initiative of the Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg.