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
June 6, 1966

Kennedy Gets Book On Apartheid, Gives One on U.S. Negroes
Special to the New York Times

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 5-- Senator Robert F. Kennedy discussed racial problems today with South African editors, one of whom handed him a book on apartheid to help him “understand South Africa better.”
     The New York Democrat countered with a gift of his own—a copy of a recently published volume, “The American Negro Reference Book.”
     However, the Afrikaans speaking editor for whom the gift was intended was not present. The editor, D. G. Scholtz of the Johannesburg paper Die Transvaler, had declined to meet with Mr. Kennedy today on the ground that his religious principles did not permit him to discuss politics on Sunday.
     Instead, Mr. Scholtz sent a deputy to the meeting to present to the visitor a newly published book, “The Principles of Apartheid” by Prof. H. F. Sampson.
     The Senator, who arrived in South Africa last night, talked with Afrikaans-speaking newspaper editors at the home of an American Embassy official in Pretoria, where he is staying. The editors were apartheid supporters.
     He also met with English speaking editors, among them Laurence Gandar of the anti-apartheid paper Rand Daily Mail of Johannesburg.
     Government opposition to the Kennedy tour was quite apparent. The security police have shown an interest in the Anglican Bishop of Kimberley, the Right Rev. C. Edward Crowther, who had asked to see Mr. Kennedy during his visit to discuss “important matters.”
     Policemen have asked a Kimberley travel agent for a full itinerary of the Bishop when he goes to the United States in August to talk with religious leaders.
     “It's very disquieting,” Bishop Crowther, who is an American citizen, said today.
     According to informed sources in Pretoria, Mr. Kennedy's request to meet some Cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd has been turned down as “not convenient.” While English-language newspapers led their front pages with accounts and pictures of the tumultuous reception accorded by students to Mr. Kennedy and his wife and party last night, the Afrikaans-speaking press is less enthusiastic.
     The pro-Government South African Broadcasting Corporation has made little or no mention of the visit, but its “current affairs'” broadcast described Mr. Kennedy's visit as a “provocative defiance” and said South Africa was being drawn into the vortex of American politics by the visit.
     After attending mass at the Pretoria Roman Catholic Cathedral, Mr. Kennedy strolled in the streets of the capital. He stopped here and there to talk with whites and Africans.
     Mr. Kennedy was the guest tonight at a private dinner arranged in Johannesburg by the South African Foundation, an organization aimed at fostering a good image of South Africa overseas.
     Tomorrow he hopes to meet several African journalists at breakfast in Pretoria, then see some clergymen before leaving for Cape Town to deliver an address on human and academic freedom to the University of Cape Town students.
     This is the main reason for his trip and the highlight that English-speaking students throughout the country have been waiting for.
     There was still some doubt whether Mr. Kennedy would be able to meet Ian Robertson, 21-year-old president of the National Union of South African Students, who was restricted under the Suppression of Communism Act three weeks ago. The restrictions forbid attendance at any meetings. These could include an interview with Mr. Kennedy. The Senator was invited to South Africa by the student union.