Page 1, 19th February 1965

19th February 1965
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Page 1, 19th February 1965 — Advice to Government

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Organisations: British Government
People: Whelan
Locations: Durban, Bloemfontein


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Advice to Government

Instead, it suggests that the British Government should adopt a policy that would include such measures as: (1) Prohibiting the export of all weapons to South Africa. (2) Ending the advantages of Commonwealth preference for South Africa and requiring immigrants from there to have a visa. (3) Reviewing new capital investment in South Africa, and if necessary preventing it. (4) Placing a surtax on dividends from South Africa to provide a fund for the relief of apartheid victims. (5) Discouraging emigration by imposing an "apartheid tax" on travel tickets and by limiting the money an emigrant

eau take with him to £10. (6) Urging other governments to refuse to export arms to South Africa.

And the report asks British Churches to strengthen their contacts with South African Churches, to increase financial relief to apartheid victims and to pray for and with South Africans "It is, however, upon Christians in South Africa that the main responsibility rests".

The most outspoken comment came from Archbishop Hurley of Durban, who is acknowledged as the leading Christian churchman in the campaign to end the evils of apartheid.

He described the report as ''an excellent document inasmuch as it assembles in most convenient form a great number of facts and significant comment concerning the South African scene."

He added: "It must also be commended for facing bravely to the ' question of economic sanctions ' both in regard to practical issues and to Christian judgment on them".

But he continued, "I would say that its suggestions regarding sanctions are weak. It endeavours to find an intermediate position between what it calls approving of apartheid in practice and waging all-out economic war against it.

"Economic sanctions, like any war, are an all or nothing affair. Either you go in wholeheartedly with a simple clear-cut issue before you, with a compelling cause and a certain amount of passion, or you refrain entirely. I cannot see how the intermediate position of the report can have any practical value. But this in no way detracts from m appreciation of it as an excellenty factual summary of the South African situation."

Archbishop Whelan of Bloemfontein. who is regarded as conservative on the apartheid issue, declined comment saying: "Although much has been pub

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