40 years ago, on Thursday, 11 November 1965, at the most solemn moment of Armistice Day, the 11 th hour, Ian Douglas Smith, the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, signed Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.
This act of defiance, which came after many months of negotiations and fruitless discussions with the British Foreign Office, resulted in a most extraordinary explosion of diplomatic activity, international outrage, economic sanctions and motions of condemnation from the British Commonwealth, the Organisation of African Unity, the United Nations, the Soviet Union, and even from the US State Department. Incredibly, Rhodesia was labeled: “A threat to world peace!” This from nations engaged in nuclear arms races and invasion of other lands!
Zimbabwean Human Rights campaigner, Collen Makumbirofa, the head of Foundation of Reason and Justice has been arrested and is in danger of being repatriated to Zimbabwe.
Collen Makumbirofa has been arrested in Zeerust as an “Illegal Immigrant.” A Sergeant Makgotole: tel: 018-3672 (ext 3) informed us of his arrest and that a R3,000 fine was needed. It was not clear if this would free him or merely have him escorted to the border and handed over to Zim officials. The SAPS would not let us talk to Collen. Home Affairs informed us that no fine would secure an illegal immigrant’s release – that was “merely a bribe”. They said that Collen would be sent to Lindela Detention Camp and returned to Zimbabwe.
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