• Short Summary

    The fragile movement towards a settlement between the white Smith regime and the black majority in Rhodesia has been seriously threatened by the arrest of one of the African National Council (ANC) leaders, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole.

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    The fragile movement towards a settlement between the white Smith regime and the black majority in Rhodesia has been seriously threatened by the arrest of one of the African National Council (ANC) leaders, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole.

    Mr. Sithole was arrested in Salisbury on Tuesday (4 March) and charged with "carefully planning the assassination of certain of his opponents whom he considers to be a challenge to his bid for the leadership of the ANC."
    The official statement said the 54-year-old Mr. Sithole, an American-educated teacher and methodist minister who was released last December after 10 years in detention, would go on trial before a special court in camera.

    Mr. Sithole was the former leader of the Militant Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) which was merged with the Zimbabwe African Peoples' Union (ZAPU) after last year's Lusaka talks. The two organisations then merged with the ANC to create a united front in constitutional talks with the Rhodesian Government.

    Shortly before his arrest' Mr. Sithole had been holding a series of meetings with his other colleagues on the Executive of the ANC.These included the leader of the ANC Bishop Abel Muzorewa and former ZAPU leader Mr. Joshua Nikomo.

    Apparently these meetings had been heated.Mr. Sithole has always supported the concept of "Chimurenga", armed struggle. His colleagues on the Executive wanted a less militant approach to talks with the Salisbury Government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1MASVZNI7E4AFC1RRNSE8FF7L
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MASVZNI7E4AFC1RRNSE8FF7L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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