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

Exclusion Move Defeated

Exclusion Move Defeated

A Move to exclude the South African delegation for the 11th International Student Conference was defeated.

In a closed session of the Conference, several delegations challenged the right of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) to represent South African students. They sought to prevent the ratification of the NUSAS credentials.

Cosec Press Officer Jean Carrlere told NZSPA that the NUSAS delegation had defended their credentials with the following points:

Firstly, Albert Luthuli, Nobel Peace prizewinner, Is their Honorary President.

Secondly, the wife of Nelson Mandela has accepted an NUSAS Scholarship.

Thirdly, the NUSAS has organised an Illiteracy campaign especially aimed at the African population. Also a freedom fund for the defence of political prisoners and a prison education scheme. Further, a number of NUSAS members have been arrested In the past because of anti-apartheid activities (Including a past President).

The Research and Information Commission of COSEC, which had made a study of the situation since the 10th ISC, was asked to comment on the question. It confirmed that NUSAS had organised an educational scheme to overcome racially restricted education. It also confirmed that NUSAS had been attacked because of anti-apartheid activities and that pressure applied to white students to leave NUSAS. At the end of the debate the Credentials Committee's recommendation that South Africa be granted full status was accepted by an overwhelming majority.