A MEASURE due to come before the Rhodesian Parliament next month, de signed to prevent Asians and Coloureds from moving into residential areas at present predominantly white, has been condemned by leaders of the Catholic Church in Rhodesia and by the heads of seven other denominations.
They include the Methodist, Anglican, United Congregational, and Evangelical Lutheran Churches, all of whom urge Parliament to refuse to consider the Residential Property Owners' (Protection) Bill. The measure has already come in for bitter criticism from non-white organisations and from opposition M.P.s.
A statement issued by the heads of the eight churches says that while it is recognised that legislation may be necessary in order to protect property owners against unfair depreciation of their holdings, there is no evidence that they stand in any such danger at the moment.
The Bill, in fact, is seen as being designed to bring about racial segregation, for it would ensure that in time people of coloured and Asian descent would be completely excluded from living in some residential areas. The probable effect would be. in fact, to deny some citizens the possibility of advancement, and condemn them to live in racial ghettos.