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Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 19, No. 3. March 24, 1955

Goodbye to Sophiatown

Goodbye to Sophiatown

The removal of Africans from the Johannesburg slum districts of Sophiatown, so far from leading to riots, has been a triumphant progress. When news arrived from Meadow-lands that the first families to be settled were delighted with its amenities, there was a general desire to be moved there, and convoys set out to the accompaniment of cheers. Much gratitude was expressed to the Government for so greatly improving the conditions of life, and of the nineteen families which absented themselves from the first day's exodus, fourteen later asked to be moved.

In the light of these facts it is clear that the huge agitation worked up by African Congress leaders and sundry white "liberals" was on a bogus issue.

One hopes that the Bishop of Johannesburg. Father Trevor Huddieston and Mr. Patrick Duncan are feeling as foolish as they have been made to look. They have undoubtedly acted as the unwitting dupes of Communist trouble-makers.