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16 September 1966. Thought for the Week: "Liberty is really a simple thing, although difficult to come by. It consists in freedom to choose or refuse one thing at a time."
C. H. Douglas.
MASS MEDIA'S REACTION TO VERWOERD MURDER
South Africa's Ambassador to Britain, Dr. Carel De Wet, has said something which badly needed saying by someone. Dr. De Wet blamed British newspapers and television for encouraging violence by their handling of the assassination of Dr. Verwoerd. The South African Ambassador's remarks are applicable to the press and television of the whole Western world.
In a press statement commenting on the knife
attack on a South African consular official, Mr. Johannes Van Der Poel,
in London, Dr. De Wet said:
Former South African Communist Solly Sachs expressed the views of the agents of revolution everywhere when he said that he had no regrets about Verwoerd's assassination. Needless to say, the BBC saw to it that Sachs was given adequate publicity.
Whatever the real motives for the assassination
of the South African Prime Minister, the deed acted like a signal to
revolutionaries and their dupes all around the world. Press, television,
and radio commentators followed the Communist lead that Dr. Verwoerd's
policies had caused his death, and that now was the time to intensify
the international campaign against South Africa. This campaign is now
well under way and there is no doubt that it will be intensified as
part of the war against Rhodesia.
AFRICAN SUPPORT FOR SOUTH AFRICA
One of the first messages of congratulations
sent to the new South African Prime Minister, Mr. B. J. Vorster, came
from an African Prime Minister, Chief Lebua Jonathan of Basutoland.
The Basutoland Prime Minister expressed the hope that in the years ahead
South Africa and Basutoland would be able to build fruitfully on the
foundations laid in Chief Jonathan's recent talks with Dr. Verwoerd,
despite their political differences.
The Moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church, the
Reverend J.S.Geriche, stressed in his oration at Dr. Verwoerd's funeral
on September 10, that Dr. Verwoerd had been the victim of vicious and
NASSER CONTINUES TO SERVE MOSCOWThose with a superficial knowledge of Communism will take some heart from the recent news report that President Nasser of Egypt has goaled the General Secretary of the Communist Party, Mustafa Agha, for plotting against him. This will now worry Moscow, which is always prepared to sacrifice (if indeed there is any real sacrifice) a few troops to advance its general strategy.
On September 12, President Nasser appointed Mr. Sidgi Solaiman to the position of Premier of the United Arab Republic. Mr. Solaiman holds the Soviet Order of Lenin and has been chosen to head a thirty-two man Cabinet of planners to steer the Republic through its 7-year plan. Anyone doubting the political complexion of the Nasser regime should remember that the "honor" conferred on Mr. Solaiman is one, which has also been conferred on political leaders like the deposed Nkrumah of Ghana and the self-confessed Marxist, Dr. Sukarno of Indonesia.
The progress of Egypt and its satellites down the road of increasing Sovietisation is assured with the assistance of Mr. Solaiman.
MR. DOUGLAS WILKIE'S POISONOUS RUBBISH
Mr. "As-I-See-It" Douglas Wilkie is presented
by a section of the Australian press as a great oracle on international
affairs. On September 14 Mr. Wilkie devoted his column to pontificating
on the Rhodesian question. He has dealt with this question in the past,
but has never been very strong on facts. And most of his predictions
have not been justified by subsequent events. Mr. Wilkie states the
obvious when he says the key to the Rhodesian problem lies with South
Africa. But then he makes a number of comments, which can only be described
as poisonous rubbish.
Mr. Wilkie comments that, "there's good evidence
that Verwoerd wrote off Smith as an unreliable upstart." There is no
such evidence. The South African Nationalist Government recognised the
historic significance of the Rhodesian stand. But mind reader Douglas
Wilkie claims that "Wilson recognised that Verwoerd must appease his
extremists by letting some oil and financial aid seep into Rhodesia."
The really purple patch of the Wilkie article
is the claim that Wilson sent Verwoerd a message a few days before his
death, stressing that Britain and South Africa had common interests,
that there was a danger of mandatory sanctions being imposed against
Rhodesia through the UN, that this would be dangerous for South Africa
and "Would Verwoerd therefore bear with Wilson telling the black African
States that Britain was ready to impose a tough oil rationing plan,
based on the voluntary co-operation of Verwoerd and the major oil companies
- so as to stop supplies reaching Rhodesia?".
This is real filth. Even if there were any truth in the Wilkie story about Wilson's approach to Verwoerd, there is no evidence whatever that Verwoerd would consider for one minute supporting a policy, which would destroy South Africa's front line defence.
Mr. Wilkie ends his piece by suggesting that new South African Prime Minister might see economic sense in supporting Wilson. "If so, Mr. Smith will be forced into isolation. He will have no option but to couple Rhodesia's claims to independence with a constitution that guarantees his Africans a growing share in government."
It would appear that Mr. Wilkie's research activities
have not taken him as far as the Rhodesian Constitution, which in fact
provides the Africans with the very avenue for political advancement,
which he mentions. But we have a feeling that Mr. Wilkie is not over
concerned about fact.
RHODESIAN HIGH COURT RULING
The press headlined the fact that two Judges
of the Rhodesian High Court ruled last week that the Smith Government
was not a legal government. There was nothing surprising about the High
Court ruling, as the attitude of the Wilson Government forced the Rhodesian
Government to declare independence unilaterally. From a strictly legal
point of view, the High Court could hardly rule other than it did. But,
much more important from the Smith Government's point of view, the High
Court ruled that it was the only effective Government of Rhodesia and
that those detained under the emergency legislation must remain in detention.
The very fact that the African nationalist and Mr. Baron were able to appeal to the High Court, and that the Court ruled that the Smith Government was not legal, proves there is no "Police State" in Rhodesia.
PRESS PUBLICITY FOR DR. J.F. CAIRNS, M.P.Left-wing Labor MP. Dr. Cairns can hardly claim that as a Socialist he has been victimised by the "capitalist" press. He received continued favourable publicity, the latest being a featured article in "The Herald", Melbourne, of September 14 on the Vietnam issue.
The question is being asked: "Is Dr. Cairns being carefully built up for the future?"
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