Notes and Documents
(No. 35/71)
by William H. Booth, Unit on Apartheid
New York, New York, United States
August 1971
Publisher: United Nations
8 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
The report contains the testimony of Judge William H. Booth of the New York Criminal Court to the Special Committee on Apartheid who had recently visited South Africa as an observer for the American Protestant Episcopal Church at the trail of the Anglican Dean of Johannesburg, the Very Reverend Gonville A. ffrench-Beytagh on July 19, 1971. The testimony says there is a considerable public relations effort by South Africa to change its image. The testimony discusses pass laws, the Organization of African Unity, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), sanctions, apartheid, Leeukop prison, Soweto, the University of Witwatersrand, Robben Island, and Transkei. • Misleading propaganda • Dimbaza - half the children die before one year • Prisons for blacks • Unconscionable laws • Concern of the outside world • SUMMARY OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS • Attitude of the news media • Freedom of the press and student opposition • Crime against humanity • Contacts with church leaders