The Propaganda and the Reality

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A study commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat for the Commonwealth Committee on Southern Africa, in pursuance of the mandate of the 1983 New Delhi Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government to initiate a project in co-operation with the United Nations to counteract South African propaganda.




South Africa has illegally controlled Namibia (formerly South west Africa) since 1918, initially in breach of a League of Nations mandate and since 1946 in growing defiance of United Nations resolutions. In 1948 Pretoria began imposing the newly-codified apartheid statutes on the black majority in Namibia and since 1968 has been waging an escalating war against the broad-based liberation movement SWAPO (South West African Peoples Organisation).


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