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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 7. 11th April 1973

May not leave country

May not leave country.

Many banned South Africans, faced with this limitation on their freedom, (banning orders usually last for five years, although some are for two or three years, and frequently are renewed when they lapse) have asked for exit permits and have left the country.

Even this is no longer automatically obtainable. The law says the Government must grant an exit permit to anyone who asks for it, and for many years exit permits in fact were always granted.

Lately, however, a conflict of law has emerged, and the courts have held that the right to an exit permit does not override the restriction (to a given area for example) imposed by a banning order.

A banned person may not be quoted in a newspaper, or anywhere else. The Act says no speech, writing, utterance or statement of a banned person may be recorded, reproduced, printed, published or disseminated.