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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 5. June 8, 1959

Union of S. Africa

Union of S. Africa

The bill on racial segregation at South African universities, which has been debated for years, which the National Union of Students NUSAS Is vehemently opposing, and which has been condemned in declaration of protest by a great number of student organisations throughout the world, was finally passed on April 10 by the South African Parliament. Thus white and coloured students will no longer study together at South African institutions of higher learning.

NUSAS declared that it would not give up the fight, but will rather call upon the world once more to protest against apartheid in the Union of South Africa's educational system. (Special report).

The Student's Representative Council at the University of the Witwatersrand has discovered that the Security Branch of the South African Police have been receiving regular information from an informer at the university. A girl who had been a Wits student for three years finally admitted to the President of the S.R.C. that for the past two years she had been acting as a spy and had passed on information regularly to the police. She said that she kept a look out for signs of trouble of left-wing activities. This included taking notes at student meetings and reporting who attended certain types of meeting.

When the President of the S.R.C. gave this information to the press, questions were asked in Parliament about Special Branch activities, and the President and the Vice-President of the Wits S.R.C. flew to Cape Town to request an interview with the Prime Minister. This request was refused and was referred to the Minister of Justice, but no letter had yet been received from his department. (Nux, Pletermaritzburg).