Page 5, 20th March 1970

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in independent Africa and Asia

ARCHBISHOP ROBERTS and his Anti-Apartheid colleagues remind us (March 13) of 69 persons killed at Sharpevilk, and tell us that another could happen at any time.

After ten years, another Sharpeville has not happened in South Africa, but the equivalent of several thousand Sharpevilles have occurred in inter-racial and inter-tribal wars and riots all over independent Africa and Asia, while millions are being expelled from their homes. Is the Archbishop's memory not rather selective?

"Deprivation and misery" in South Africa is mentioned. The U.N. Demographic Year Book, 1967, shows that the Indian in South Africa has a life expectancy 14 years longer than the Indian in India, and the African is likewise favoured.

The Press as a whole seems to bar letters defending South Africa. I hope that you, Sir, will show your belief in free speech.

G. J. A. Stern

London, N.6.

THE otherwise excellent letter from the pens of the Most Rev. T. D. Roberts, S.J. and other distinguished supporters of the anti-apartheid movement suffers from one defect, namely the absence of a directive to the readers of the CATHOLIC HERALD.

What would you have us do in the light of the Sharpeville massacre? Demonstrate in the streets? Write to the B.SC.? How do we make our contribution to the problem of apartheid?

J. J. O'Connor London, N.12.

Apartheid sport

ANYapologist for the South African cricket tour always makes out a castiron case for calling off the tour and then concludes by saying that notwithstanding the overwhelming reasons for so doing the tour should nevertheless take place.

It is, therefore, not necessary for me to dispute with Mr. St. John-Stevas, but I do offer him this query. If the question were raised in the House of Commons would M.C.C. accept the result of a free vote—which would of course be nonviolent?

Alternatively, what amount. quantitatively, in terms of peaceful protest, would M.C.C. accept as convincing evidence that the stench of apartheid sport is unwelcome in this (still) fair land?

James Moran Thorpe Edge, Yorkshire.

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