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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 10. 1964.

ISC Condemns South Africa

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ISC Condemns South Africa

NZUSA will be expected to "take immediate steps to influence their government and countrymen to desist from implicit or explicit support for apartheid or the South African Government."

This is one clause of a resolution condemning South Africa passed at the ISC.

The conference stated that after reviewing the situation in South Africa, they were satisfied that:
(1)The general situation in the country has considerably worsened since the 10th ISC (June, 1962).
(2)Per capita subsidies for non-European Schools have been drastically reduced during the last two years.
(3)Bantu Education Policy has not been set aside, in spite of protests from inside and outside South Africa.
(4)The Government's attacks on the National Union of South African Students were based on "facts" which make sense only to the "apartheid" mind.
(5)The General Law Amendment Act of April, 1963, completely violates every concept of the rule of law and is diametrically opposed to the Declaration of Human Rights.
(6)Torture, both physical and mental, has been used by the police and prison authorities on detainees held under the 90-Day Act. 3
(7)Artists, writers, religious leaders, have been prosecuted for alleged "heresy." The Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa has given its full co-operation to the Government in this regard.
(8)The South African Government has used illegal threats of economic sanctions against the British Protectorates of Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland.
(9)The British Authorities have co-operated with the South African Police in harassing refugees from South Africa in these territories.
(10)Economically, the boycott movement has been of limited success, due in part to the unwillingness of South Africa's European and American main trading partners to apply sanctions and the inability and negligence of Afro-Asian Governments to check the origins of imported goods.
(11)Although the South African economy continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, the fruits of the economic boom are largely limited to whites only.
(12)The South African Government is arming itself in a way which can only be considered a threat to other African states and world peace by developing missiles and poisonous gases.
(13)The Bantustans were conceived to appease public opinion abroad and to permanently divide and cripple the African people's struggle for self-dignity and self-determination.
(14)The so-called Government of the Transkei is clearly unrepresentative of the aspirations of the people of the Transkei and maintains itself only with the support of the South African Government.
(15)In the face of the complete failure of the South African Government to negotiate with the representatives of the majority of the people of South Africa, the people have had to resort to acts of violence.

This Conference

• Expresses its full solidarity with the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) and calls upon all National Unions of Students to give their full and vigorous support to the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) and the people of South Africa in their struggle for basic human rights and the destruction of apartheid in order to reorganise the society on democratic lines with a government based on the will of the people;

• Urges all national Unions of Students to take immediate steps to influence their governments and countrymen to desist from implicit or explicit support for apartheid or the South African government;

• Condemns all countries which provide manpower military and economic support to the South African government in its efforts to impose a status quo against the will of the people;

• Mandates the Secretariat and urges all National Unions of Students to make every possible effort to create scholarships abroad for South African students who because of their colour, are denied their rightful opportunities for higher education;

• Urges all National Unions to commemorate every year March 21—the day of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. as a day of solidarity with the South African students and people in their struggle against South African apartheid;

• Asks NUSAS to continue and increase the supply of information on the evil policies of the South African government to the international student community and to encourage other organisations opposed to apartheid to similarly increase their publicity to counter the dishonest propaganda of the South African government and economic interests of many South African immigrants and tourists abroad;

• Calls on all National Unions to intensify their efforts to achieve a complete economic boycott of South African goods, an effective oil embargo and, If necessary, a blockage of South African ports;

• Calls upon National Unions of Students, in accordance with NUSAS policy, to endeavour by all possible means and action to improve its representativity in the light of the population of South Africa;


• The Secretariat to transmit these resolutions to the Government of South Africa, the United Nations Organisation and all other interested bodies;

• The Research and Information Commission to keep National Unions of Students informed of developments in South Africa.