More offical boycotts ahead for S.A., says Paton

2008-05-27 00:00

SOUTH AFRICA would now be moving into an era of more governmental boycotts on the part of overseas countries, said Dr. Alan Paton, National President of the Liberal Party when he addressed a multi-racial audience in the Lotus Hall, Pietermaritzburg, last night. He added that the United Nations, if it considered that the peace of the world was threatened by events in South Africa, could intervene. The U.N. might, in fact, intervene in South-West Africa, and if the Nationalist Government were to try re repel any such intervention by force "it would be the end of this Government."

Dr. Paton said that the new federalist policy suggested by Sir de Villiers Graaff could buy time for South Africa but the continual pressure from without on South Africa to change its policies would keep on being exerted. This coalition of Sir de Villiers Graaff would have a difficult task to steer itself between the rocks of White South African opinion and world opinion. Dr. Paton said that at present the pressure both outside and inside the country was not strong enough to bring about a change so that White South Africa could see the wrongness and stupidity of its ways. It was quiet clear that the West was drawing away from any kind of support for the policies of apartheid and there was a possibility of increased aggressiveness on the part of the African nation.

Dr. Paton, in reviewing a few probabilities for the future, said that there was one certainty - that long before the year 2000 Afrikaner Nationalism, or a non-racial democracy or a totalitarian society or a Communist society?

In the hands of Communism the fate of the country would be sealed and this was the cause of the laager mentality. Fear had given a boost to separate development. The only alternative to catastrophe in this country lay in a process whereby those who had power, property and privilege (compelled by external and internal pressures) embarked on sharing these benefits to a greater degree with those less privileged.

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