Anti-Apartheid Ballot Measure Gets Council OK

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to place a measure on the November ballot to toughen the city's anti-apartheid sanctions by banning nearly all city contracts with firms that do business with South Africa.

If approved by voters, the measure would wipe out a City Charter requirement that contracts for $25,000 or more in goods and services be offered to the lowest competitive bidder, even if the company does business in or with South Africa and would otherwise be prohibited from doing business with the city.

The measure was approved in concept on June 29 in a gesture of support for Nelson Mandela several hours before the black South African activist appeared at a rally outside City Hall.

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