Ripple of Hope

American Newspaper Coverage

  1. Bobby Kennedy: a Political Safari
  2. Kennedy Gets Book On Apartheid, Gives One on U.S. Negroes
  3. Kennedy Denounces Apartheid as Evil
  4. Sen. Kennedy In South Africa Hits Policies
  5. Kennedy Foresees Crises for S. Africa
  6. Kennedy Sees Luthuli and Finds Him 'Impressive'
  7. S. African Crowds Cheer Kennedy On Last Day of Visit
  8. Kennedy's Warns On Racial Issue
  9. Kennedy's Trek
Wednesday, June 8, 1966

Kennedy Foresees Crises for S. Africa

DURBAN, South Africa, June 7--Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D.N.Y.) told a meeting of about 20,000 tonight that unless the situation in South Africa changes “there are going to be major crises.” Earlier, an aide disclosed that the Senator plans a meeting Wednesday with Albert Luthuli, the African Nobel Peace Prize winner who is restricted under the anti-Communist laws.
     Kennedy was answering questions at the University of Natal when one questioner asked if the Senator thought that South Africa was a threat to international peace.
     Kennedy replied that he did not think that was the right term to use but added, “unless the situation changed there are going to be major crises.” He said he thought South Africa should move toward recognizing Africans and other non-whites as “first class citizens.”
     Kennedy received one of his warmest welcomes when he arrived in Durban after sparring with South African students defending South Africa's apartheid policy at Stellenbosch University.
     At Stellenbosch, Kennedy had said that he was shocked and saddened by the ambush shooting of James Meredith in Mississippi. Kennedy was Attorney General in 1962 when Meredith became the first Negro to attend the University of Mississippi.
     The visiting American senator also carried to the university his views that the students should meet what he considered their obligation to all who needed help, regardless of nationality or the color of their skin.
     He spoke at a luncheon at a men's residence at the university, regarded as a citadel of South Africa's apartheid policies. It is the alma mater of Premier Hendrik Verwoerd and other nationalist leaders.
     In a rapid-fire half hour verbal exchange after the luncheon Kennedy told the students that the United States is not interested in telling South Africans how to run their country, but was looking for just one sign that South Africa planned greater freedom for members of all races.
     But the exchange was described by participants as a draw and not in a bitter vein.
     A Kennedy aide disclosed the plans of the New York Democrat to call on Luthuli, who is currently restricted to Groutville, near Stanger, 40 miles north of Durban. A Zulu of the Christian faith he won the Nobel Peace prize for 1960.