Rhodesia's bi-racial transitional government has postponed black majority rule for four months. After an alleged?
Rhodesia's bi-racial transitional government has postponed black majority rule for four months. After an alleged two weeks of intense talks, a government spokesman announced on Thursday (16 November) night that one-man, one-vote elections would now be held on the twentieth of April, 1979. At first, it seemed as if the postponement would place a severe strain on the coalition between the whites, who have ruled since declaring independence from Britain in 1965, and their recently-adopted black partners. But, eventually, black nationalist leaders Bishop Abel Muzorewa and the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole went along with the plan.
SYNOPSIS: Several hundred people waited outside Government House in Salisbury to hear the announcement.
According to political observers in Salisbury, it had been known for some time that the government's transition programme was running behind schedule, so it came as no surprise to most Rhodesians. And most Africans, it is reported, have few illusions about the state of the guerrilla war.