S. Africa bans dissident for another three years

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Prominent white South African dissident Beyers Naude has again been banned for three years, just as his 1977 banning order was about to expire, Monitor correspondent Paul Van Slambrouck writes.

The Naude case was watched closely here as an sign of whether the government had grown more tolerant of internal criticism of its racial policies. The banning restricts Mr. Naude's movements to the Johannesburg area; prohibits him from publishing or being quoted; and outlaws him from social, political, and educational meetings.

Mr. Naude, an Afrikaner and former Broederbond member once prominent in the Dutch Reformed Church, became director of the Christian Institute, which worked to prepare whites for a future in which blacks would have predominant political power.

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