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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Mondsy, Ftbrwry 17, 1975 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 5 The bulldozers of apartheid Bigotry crushes thin hope By NEAL ASCHEIISON London Observer CAPE TOWN The bulldozer came on a Monday morning at about half past seven. In the squatter village near Philippi in the Cape Flats only the women and children were about. Their men had gone, some of them rising as early as a.m., to set out on the long and overcrowded journey which would take them to work in Cape Town. There was no warning Hearing the roar of the cater- pillar tractor, the women came out of their shacks, hovels little bigger than pigsties or dog kennels, made of corrugated iron sheets woyen together with wire and supported on sticks of driftwood. The Philippi settle- ment is only one of so many other squatter villages tucked into the hollows of the bushy sandflats a few miles from one of the loveliest cities in the world. Nobody knows how fnany tens of thousands of squatters there are, and few care to ask. Some of the people had time to get their belongings out of their hovels before the bulldozer crushed them. Others lost most of their few possessions. But even as he methodically destroyed the houses, the white inspector in charge observed his own curious form of race dis- crimination. It was the Africans he was after. The few shacks inhabited by colored families, of mixed blood, were allowed to remain. By next morning the place was a crushed desolation. It had rained in the night, on mothers and babies sleeping out under the bushes. Now the vicious south caster they call the "Cape Doctor" was .blowing, persecuting the squatters with stinging sand as they poked about the wreckage. The ribbed rack While the South African government cam- paigns earnestly tor a racial detente with the black-ruled states to tne north, Its domestic policy ol apartheid continues to uproot human beings from their homes. Observer corres- pondent Neal Acherson visited a squatters' village In the dusty tlats near Cape Town to see the practical effects of the notorious Group. Areas Act. marks of the bulldozer still ran across the site, hidden at intervals by uprooted bushes and heaps of rubbish which had been some family's home. Jack Silawuli and his wife were trying to rebuild. Tall and bespectacled, he works for an international oil com- pany. "All my wages last month I spent oh this house. I moved in November, and I didn't have a nice Christmas, no. I spent more than 72 rand on the materials and the truck to bring the cor- rugated iron." His wife Christina, still elegant in brown slacks and sunglasses: "They pushed, sand over the wreckage so we couldn't get our things out. I lost clothes, six chairs, the table and my dressing table, and all the food we stored in a big tin so the mice couldn't get it." The white inspector had pulled a gun on her hus- band when.he protested, and she had held him back. Jackson Tubeni and his wife Caroline had been living in their shack for three years. Now they had made a sort of cave by balancing twisted iron sheets between the remains of the furniture. Jackson, a snoek fisherman out of work crouched inside nursing a baby with what seemed to be gastro enteritis. Caroline, a voluble Xhosa woman in a black beret, re enacted the disaster in Afrikaans. "Man" she ended, "they were real Neighbours who had brought a bucket of water from a Up half a mile away nodded. The bulldozer had driven deep into the bush, and perhaps 100 families were homeless. It might have seemed that nothing worse could happen to Albertina Bachmani. She had four children one with a suppurating ear infection she was nine months' pregnant, she had no right to be in Cape Province under the Group Areas Act, and her hus- band had deserted her 'for another woman. However, on the Biblical principle that from those who have nothing shall be taken away even that which they have, the white inspector had the bulldozer driven over her hut, too. But Albertina is a remarkable person. Next day she had already stuck four sticks in the sand, and bending with difficulty started to tie crumpled sheets of iron and cardboard to the uprights. Although she was ragged and dishevelled, there was composure and even a sardonic- glitter in her dia- mond shaped Xhosa eyes as she talked. she said, faintly amused to be asked such a question, "the men with the caterpillar didn't tell me why." She has no home, no job (and even if she had the fare to get back to the Xhosa "homeland" of the Transkei 400 miles away, there is little work and she cannot leave the children and the heap of her belongings to walk to the store to get food. And there is still no answer to the question The Divisional authorities refuse to comment, or to disclose the name of the inspector with the gun, or to reveal where the order to raze the village, which is close to an area zon- ed for factories, came from. A businessman accuses in- quirers of "trying to stir up .racial hatred." E LB CTROHOMB CL 26" COLOR TV Mediterranean Styling Autumn Oak Finish Concealed Casters Deilcraft Furniture 100% Solid State Automatic Fine Tuning Automatic Color Level Automatic Tint Control Tone Control Detail Control Super Black Matrix Tube Bert Mac's own Service Warranty FINANCING AVAILABLE a, MAN. SUGG. LIST J FACTORY CLEARANCE OTHER 26" MODELS PRICED FROM 929.98 "Where Sates are backed by Service" 708 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-3232 Open Thursdays and Fridays until 9 p.m. Radiation study Novost Press Agency photo An instrument to study cosmic radiation has been this. 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