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The Michigan Daily--Tuesday, October 9, 1979--Page 9

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 9, 1 979-Page 9 i

South African Rhoodie gets
six years for fraud conviction

.PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -
Eschel dRhoodie, mastermind of a
secret, $100-million South African
propaganda campaign that allegedly
reached into the United States and
around the world, was sentenced
yesterday to six years in prison on a
fraud conviction.
Rhoodie, 46, former South African in-
formation secretary, had been accused
of diverting to his personal use $90,000
in clandestine funds earmarked to pay
off anonymous collaborators. He was
convicted last week and was sentenced
yesterday by the Supreme Court. His
lawyer said he would appeal.
RHOODIE IS the only former gover-
nment official convicted thus far in the
scandal - dubbed "Infogate" by the
South African press - and complained

that he was being made a scapegoat for
He argued then-Prime Minister John
Vorster approved the government's
five-year plan to finance secret projects
aimed at bolstering this white-
supremacist nation's. tarnished image
abroad, and he ,claimed other cabinet
officials knew about it.
He has threatened to release 40 tapes
and many documents that he says
would show the complicity of top public
figures if he received an unfair trial. He
said his disclosures would bring down
the current government of Prime
Minister Pieter Botha, who was defense
minister under Vorster.
has cleared Vorster and Botha of com-
plicity but accused former Information

Minister Connie Mulder, who was
Rhoodie's boss, and former secret ser-
vice chief Gen. Hendrik van den Bergh
of "irregularities" in connection with
the propaganda campaign.
The investigatory commission repor-
ted that one of the 60 secret government
projects was the funneling of $11 million
to Michigan publisher John McGoff for
an unsuccessful bid to buy the
Washington Star newspaper. The
commission said McGoff later used
some of the money to buy the
Sacramento, Calif., Union, and used
$1.35 million in South African funds to
buy a half-interest in the international
television news agency UPI-TN.
McGoff denies receiving any South
African government funds or acting on
behalf of the government.

Congress seeks end
to financial battle

WASHINGTON (AP) - With much of
the federal government technically
broke and government paydays fast
approaching, Congress begins sear-
ching today for a solution to the internal
dispute that has blocked approval of
new financing.
The House Appropriations Commit-
tee scheduled a meeting this afternoon
to decide how to resolve its continuing
battle with the Senate over the contro-
versial issues of a congressional pay
raise and government financing of
THE HOUSE and Senate have been
unable to agree on those provisions,
which were attached to an emergency
money bill needed to keep the gover-
nment fully functioning after the new
fiscal year began last Monday.
As a result of the impasse, several
major government departments are
struggling by on funds left over from,
the previous fiscalyear.
The impasse also meant that
congressmen, senators, top
bureaucrats and federal judges
automatically received a 12.9 per cent
pay raise on Oct. 1 - an action neither
the House nor Senate wanted.
might pass its own version of the

needed emergency money bill rather
than take the Senate version to the
The Senate bill contains more liberal
language on federal funding of abor-
tions than the House wanted. It also
contains no pay raise for Congress. The
House wanted a 5.5 per cent hike,.
House passage of a new bill would'
toss the hot potato back to the Senate. It
also would take up more time and in-
crease the possibility that many gover-
nment workers would receive only par-
tial paychecks when the mid-month
payday rolls around.
Those paychecks go out later this
week and early next week.
MOST AGENCIES so far report they
have enough funds to scrape by without
much difficulty. But they indicate that
situation could change unless a new
money bill is passed soon.
AMong agencies affected by the
stalemate are the departments of
Defense; Health, Education and
Welfare; Housing and Urban Develop-
ment; Agriculture; Transportation;
and Labor.
The emergency funding bill is only
one of several major actions confron-
ting Congress when it resumes work

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jEight on plane killed
in Cincinnati crash


CINCINNATI (AP) - A commuter
airplane lost power in one of its two
enigines during takeoff from the
Greater Cincinnati Airport yesterday
ahd plunged 200 feet onto a field of
gtass, killing the pilot and all seven
Boone County Coroner Donald Stith
ctnfirmed that seven male passengers
amd the pilot were killed by the crash of
tie Comair Piper Navajo, which was
headed for Nashville, Tenn.
Ilonovan said the plane remained intact
apd did not catch on fire. He said the
pflot had locked on the proper in-
sfruments and appeared to have done
everything right. Workmen pried open
the plane to reach the victims.
.San Juan Romero, chief controller at
the airport, said the plane was about 200
fiet off the ground when one engine lost
power, which he said probably oc-
corred about 45 seconds after take-off.
The pilot radioed the control tower
tlat he had lost power in an engine,
I(omero said.
h"IT LOOKED to the controllers like
ho was trying to gain altitude and keep
itin the airto come in on another run-
way," Romero said.
,He said the airport was closed about
t~ree minutes after the crash.
"The crash occurred at about 1:15 a.m.
near a cornfield. The airport is in a
rural area of northern Kentucky about
15 miles from Cincinnati.

AT A NEWS conference, Comair of-
ficials said the plane was equipped to
handle seven passengers and one pilot.
Donovan said the crash may have
been a-matter of "bad luck."
"It's right on the margin from where
it could have gone either way. It strikes
me that he (the pilot) was very close to
pulling it off - landing instead of
crashing," Donovan said.
TWO OF THE victims were taken to
nearby Booth Memorial Hospital in
Florence, Ky. They were identified as
Thomas Oatts, 52, of Loveland, Ohio,
who was dead on arrival, and Jeff Lake,
29, of Cincinnati, who died in the
emergency room.
The identities of the other victims,
who were pronounced dead at the
scene, were not immediately released.
Comair officials said it was the first
fatal crash since the commuter airline
began operation 3 %yearsago.
THE COMPANY has nine planes
which carry about 70,000 people a year
to such destinations as Dayton,
Cleveland, Toledo, Akron and Nash-
ville, Tenn.
About two months ago, a Comair
plane made a forced landing here
because of a gear misfunction, but no
one was injured.
Donovan said the plane that crashed
yesterday - Flight 444 from Cincinnati
- had already made one round trip to
Cleveland and back to Cincinnati before
taking off for Nashville.


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