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Rev. Jackson denied a South African visa

South Africa has denied the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's application for a visa to visit the white-ruled country, an embassy spokesman said Thursday. He did not rule out that one might be granted at a later date, depending on circumstances which he did not specify.

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Mr. Jackson said he had hoped to ''facilitate a dialogue'' that might lead to changes in the nation. He visited the country in July of 1979.