A British commission headed by Lord Pearce arrived in Salisbury on Tuesday (11 January) to collect views from both African and White Rhodesians on the terms of settlement on the independence question.
GV EXT. Salisbury airport
LV Lord Pearce down steps
SV Ditto shaking hands with officials
GV PAN Demonstrators on rooftop
SV Ditto with placards
SV Lord Pearce away from aircraft
GV Salisbury High Court (1414/69 ex VISLIB)
SV Sithole out of court & into car waves to crowd car moves off
GV (984/64 ex VISLIB) Nkomo arriving in car
SV Nkomo enters court
SV Police & onlookers
SV Nkomo leaves court & donning African headgear
SV Onlooker moved by police
SVs & LV Nkomo talking to supporters (3 shots)
Initials SGM/0234 SGM/0308
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Background: A British commission headed by Lord Pearce arrived in Salisbury on Tuesday (11 January) to collect views from both African and White Rhodesians on the terms of settlement on the independence question.
There have been several African demonstrations against the peace proposals, and Lord Pearce and his party were confronted with an orderly crowd carrying banners at Salisbury's airport on Tuesday. Lord Pearce later told newsmen he hoped the commission would operate in a calm and peaceful atmosphere and added that the commission wanted to interpret the true voice of Rhodesia.
So far the proposals have not won support from many African leaders who, in a significant resurgence of Black Nationalism not seen for almost a decade, have been loudly campaigning for their outright rejection.
Two African leaders the 15-man commission is almost certain to talk to, are Joshua Nkomo and the Reverend Ndabaninigi Sithole. This film includes two short cuts from the Visnews library showing these two men arriving at the Salisbury High Court for sentencing, in 1964 and 1969 respectively.