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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2559

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Can he supply details of the outcome of the Supreme Court appeal of Mr Sobukwe referred to in his predecessor's reply to question No. 3308 (Hansard 6th May 1971, page 2848).

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

On 22nd June 1971, the Transvaal Supreme Court dismissed Mr Sobukwe's action seeking to compel the Minister of Justice to lift the order restricting him to Kimberley. The court ruled that the banning order served on Mr Sobukwe was equivalent to a court order of imprisonment and therefore should take precedence over the privilege conferred by the exit permit.

An appeal against the Supreme Court's decision has been set down for hearing on 9th November 1971.

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