Zulu leader Chief Gatsha Buthelezi has spoken out in favour of black majority rule in South Africa.
Zulu leader Chief Gatsha Buthelezi has spoken out in favour of black majority rule in South Africa. The chief - a hereditary leader of South African's four million Zulus defeated by Britain 90 years ago - has moved his support to majority rule from the government's policy of African self-governing areas, Bantustans.
Chief Buthelezi has established a reputation for being on of the South African government's most outspoken opponents. He commands widespread support, not only in the 29 Zulu tribal lands in south African but also from urban Zulus and other Africans.
The success of nationalist forces in both Angola and Mozambique have led to him taking a more aggressive stance towards the government. He maintains that Prime Minister Mr. John Vorster's regime must recognise the hopes and aspirations of its own black population as it is prepared to do in the rest of Africa.
Until recently chief Buthelezi was seeking self-rule for his people by working within the South African government's system of apartheid -- or separate development. This was in spite of his own belief in a multi-racial community.
Chief Buthelezi was in London recently when he told BBC reporter Julian Mounter that many black South Africans, particularly young people, were growing increasingly militant in their attitudes. He said many of them now think the only solution to their problems is the gun. He said this feeling has increased with the successes. of the Frelimos in Mozambique and the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola. (MPLA).
This film is serviced with an English commentary by BBC reporter Donal MacCormick and an interview with Chief Bethelezi by Julian Mounter. Transcripts appear overleaf.
SYNOPSIS: With the political situation in Southern Africa intensifying, another leader has emerged in favour of black majority rule.
He's Chief Buthelezi, one of the leaders of South African Zulus. BBC newsman Donald MacCormick reports on his changed opinion about self rule within the apartheid system.