Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Thursday, Sepiember 6, 1973 investment Computer controls apartheid policy LONDON (AP) Britain's leading computer company has sold a com- puter to the South African gov- ernment and a newspaper claims it will be used to control that country's apartheid policy of segregation. Disclosure of the sale Tues- day was expected to spark a major political clash because the British government is a ma- jor shareholde_r in the company and has promised it million million) in aid during the next two years. 1 Prime Minister Edfrard i Heath's Conservative govern- j ment has repeatedly condemned apartheid and has banned the sale of arms to Pretoria that could be used for internal re- pression. International Computers Ltd. confirmed the macMnp sold to the South African Bantu, or non-white, deparunwi.. International Computers said it did not know for what pur- pose the machine would be usscl. But the Liberal Guardian newspaper says it would be used to computerize Pretoria's pass-law system for Africans. CONTROLS MOVEMENT This controls the flow of non- whites into white areas and has been in force for many years. New legislation in 1970 provided j for the establishment of a cen- i tral register containing detailed information on every non-white i man, woman and child in the country. The Guardian quotes the min- ister for Bantu administration as saying he hoped the records systems would be computerized in the next five years. Despite the government's anti-apartheid stand, Britain continues to trade with South Africa, where many major Bri- tish companies operate. The forsign office declined j comment on the computer sale i or its possible implications. Peter Hain, former chairman! of the Liberal party's youth wing and a militant campaigner against apartheid, said today. intend to mount a cam- paign to force International Computers to back down." Hain, speaking for the Action Committee Against Racialism, said: "We shall lobby the govern- ment because of the substantial public money in loans and shares invested in the com- pany." The pass-law system "con- trols the movements of blacks in a manner unsurpassed in his- tory anywhere in the he said. Libya hikes price Senator suggests oil boycott WASHINGTON (Reuter State department oil specialists assessed the shifting petroleum situation in the Middle East to- day and while they steered clear of talking boycott, an in- fluential senator didn't. The department spokesman said the United States regrets Libya's action in seizing a 5i- per-cent interest in five major Western oil companies. Libya also increased the price of its oil during the weekend and said it will no longer accept American dollars as payment. Libya provides only 4.2 per cent of U.S. oil needs, but its oil is a valuable, low-sulphur type sought for environmental pur- poses. And there was concern that Libya's move may presage similar action by other Arab countries. The congressman who raised the possibility of a boycott was Senator Vance Hartke (Dem. a member of the finance committee which oversees for- eign trade controls. LAW WOULD FIX 'EM In a statement, he urged pas- sage of his proposed legislation which would block the import cf' products seized from Americans' without adequate compsnsation. This would include Libya's weekend take-over of the Amer- ican oil companies. The state department as- serted that while it is not against expropriation on grounds of national interest and with fair and prompt com- pensation, Libya's action is ille- gal. Hartke said that with the cur- rent oil shortage in the United States, "the latest moves by the Libyan government to raise its oil prices to a barrel and to no longer accept U.S. dollars for oil amounts to blackmail, pure and simple." 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