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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 No. 3. 15th March 1972

Apartheid Conference

Apartheid Conference

Although the passport of Paul Pretorious, President of the National Union of South African Students, was withdrawn so he could not attend the Apartheid Conference here next weekend, other featured speakers are well-qualified to discuss the theme of the Conference which is "to examine NZ's Relationship with Racism and Colonisation in South Africa."

These main speakers are Terry Bell, a South African journalist at present in NZ, interviewer Michael Deane of the B.B.C., Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, Dr Szuszkiewicz, the director for the U.N. Information Service for Australia, NZ and Fiji, and the President-General of the African National Congress Oliver Tambo. The National Union of South African Students is still trying to send a representative, though Paul Pretorious' experience indicates that the South African government "has no interest at all in the right of free speech or free discussion for South African citizens".

The Conference will be conducted both in plenary and group sessions and will centre in the Union Hall here at Victoria, beginning both Saturday and Sunday at 9am. It is being sponsored by the H.A.R.T., C.A;R.E., the Student Teachers Assoc. of NZ and N.Z.U.S.A.

The Conference discussion will orientate around the publication Fight Apartheid - A Manual For Action which is thrown in with the $2 registration fee for students ($4 for non-students), but copies can be bought at the studass office for 50c each. Discussion should result on the national and international planes.

If the conference goes off as well as it is planned to, (all it needs now is your attendance) the anti-apartheid movement in this country will have gone a long way forwards co-ordinating its efforts into a closely knit fighting force.

On Friday night March 17th - 8.15 and 10pm Public showing of these movies clearly depicting the nature of apartheid-style oppression-Behind the Lines, Twentieth Century Slavery The Dumping Grounds.