Duma Nokwe, Secretary-General, ANC: Letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations
We notice from reports in the Press that the South African Government has refused a request by you to allow a group of United Nations experts to visit South Africa. We would like to place on record our indignation at the defiant and contemptuous manner in which the South African White Minority Government treats resolutions and Committees of the United Nations Organization. This conduct of the South African Government is consistent and is becoming more brazen.
So far, it appears that the South African Government has been able to flout resolutions and even humiliate committees appointed by the United Nations Organization with impunity. This attitude towards the United Nations Organization shows a disrespect for that Organization which is incompatible with South Africa`s membership of that body.
We urge, Sir, as we have done before, that the time for punitive action against the delinquency of the South African Government is overdue.
South Africa`s continued membership of the United Nations Organization does little to enhance the reputation and purpose of that body. Her immediate expulsion would be in the interests of the struggle against apartheid and would pave the way for other forms of action.
In our view, any further delay and any other conciliatory gestures to the South African Government merely adds fuel to her defiant attitude.