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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, December 10, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 31 S. Africa to allow natives in army JOHANNESBURG (AP) The South African army an- nounced Monday it is opening its ranks to black soldiers in still another move away from strict race separation, known as apartheid. Maj.-Gen. J. R. Button, act- ing chief of the army, told a news conference the black sol- diers will be allowed to carry arms and will be paid the same as equivalent ranking whites. For the time being, he said, there is no plan to create black officers and the highest rank to which Africans can ad- vance is sergeant-major. The army's step comes on top of other recent shifts from strict separation of South Af- rica's 18 million blacks, four million whites, the two million of mixed race and Asians. The changes follow persis- tent international criticism of South African apartheid and the United Nations Security Council vote at the end of Oc- tober to expell the country from the world organization. Only vetoes by the United States, Britain and France prevented the majority vote from taking effect. The army's decision to accept black soldiers and other changes in racial prac- tice do not go so far as to give the black majority the vote or create a multi-racial society. At most they appear aimed at removing the harsher aspects of racial separation, and long- time political observers say there is no fundamental shift away from a policy of main- taining white supremacy. More than worldwide criti- cism, two practical develop- ments appear to have prompted an easing of racial policy. One was the recent collapse of the white- supremacy Portuguese em- pire, which used to shield South Africa from black Africa, and the other is the growing shortage of skilled white labor inside the country Looking abroad, Prime Minister John Vorster has called for co-operation between South Africa and the continent's independent black countries. And at home thousands of blacks are moving into jobs once reserved for whites. In once strictly segregated stores and supermarkets blacks and whites now work side by side. Dutton said the army is cur- rently training 48 Africans to serve as instructors who will eventually form the nucleus of a corps of Africans He said the instructors are being trained at Baviaanspoort prison outside Pretoria but said that a new training base for African troops will be built next year. Chief claims support of people SASKATOON (CP) -Chief Gerald VVuttunee said Monday he has a petition signed by 130 persons who support him as the chief of the Red Pheasant Reserve near North Battleford. The chief issued a state- ment after he received a telex from the Indian affairs department which said the department does not recognize him as chief. There are perhaps 150 to 160 people on the reserve and the majority, by petition, have re- jected the department's rul- ing in a case involving a referendum last spring, said' Mr. Wuttunee. The referendum ruled that in future elections, the chief and his council should be elected by band custom. A se- cond question, which said the existing council should stay in office until mid-January, 1976, was passed. Chief Wuttunee added that the telex said department of- ficials will not recognize the second part of the referen- dum, but the new petition up- holds him in office and asks him and his council to retain power until Jan. 15, 1976. He said there will be a general meeting called, likely next week, to discuss the ac- tivities of his rival for the post, George Nicotine. Mr, Nicotine claims he and a new council were elected at a meeting early last week. Sears Save! Top quality Diplomat'. 8 gift-giving luggage sizes now on sale for 4 days only! A value-packed sale just in time for Christmas. For moms, dads, sons and daughters, our Diplomat moulded luggage is styled to please. Just check all these top quality features: durable Marvolite ABS shells, Aero- Aluminium frames with recessed locks, rich Celanese satin interiors. Choose her Diplomat in Green, White, Blue or Red. Choose his in Burgundy or Tobacco. Shop Wednesday a.m. to p.m. Sale S31.85 S33.80 S51.35 a-Cosmetic case 14R050638 b-Vanity case 14R050639 c-Weekend 14R 050 640 d-Wardrobe KR 050 641 e-Pullman 14R 050 642 f-Mens shortnp 14R 051 643 g-Men s 2-Suiter 14R 051 645. h-Mens 3-Suiter 14R 051 646 Reg S5200 S79.00 35% now off! that s value! Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Enjoy it now! Use your All Purpose Account. At Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guaranteed. Satisfaction or money refunded. Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p.m. until Christmas Centre Village Mall Telephone 328-9231 ;