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this track contains exerpts from State President PW Botha's famous "Rubicon" speech PW Botha
(15 Aug 1985 ) it is intercut with utterances by Brigadier Visser of the South African Police.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._W._Botha

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Reasonable Men

Again...it may be necessary in certain prevailing conditions to declare that a particular curfew will prevail in a particular time to a particular time movement will be restricted.
"I call on all well meaning and reasonable South Africans to take hands in these times and to stand together to restore order and peace; I wish to give assurance that law-abiding people have nothing to fear as from midnight today
movement will be restricted /
nothing to fear in a particular area
The government has shown utmost patience
especially in black townships
again...
It is the duty of the Government to ensure that a normal community life can no longer be tolerated however, I cannot ignore the insistence of all responsible South Africans who ask that those persons and institutions that cause or propagate disruption
be terminated as soon as this is justified by local conditions -
movement will be restricted
in closing - again
in closing -
obviously
I just want to say that
South Africa has the ability to rise above pettiness (government people)
and violence
(development board officials)
I call upon all well meaning and reasonable South Africans to take hands in these times
(just by way of hypothesis)
and to stand together to restore order and peace
(in other words)
in order that we can work in the interests of
peace and prosperity
(after it has been properly promulgated
and built into this law)
in the interests of peace and prosperity
(just by way of hypothesis) for all in the country
(the law, this particular law, makes provision for certain offences and it does not make provision that a person can shot on sight at all, nowhere is that provision built into this law so that if offences are committed a duty again prevails where the forces must arrest that person and bring them before a properly consituted court).

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from Living In The Heart Of The Beast, released December 12, 1985

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Kalahari Surfers South Africa

Warrick Sony is a South African composer, producer, musician and sound designer.
He is the founder and sole permanent member of the Kalahari Surfers. They made politically radical satirical music in 1980s South Africa.

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