The leader of one of the ethnic groups of South West Africa (Namibia) has denied that his group supports SWAPO (the South West africa Peoples Organisation).
CU & SV Dr. Africa speaking to reporter (2 shots)
CU Newsman inter-viewing Dr. Africa
REPORTER: Dr. Africa, the impression has been created that SWAPO has a large following in the Rehoboth territory. What is your opinion?
DR. AFRICA: "This is definitely not so. SWAPO has a very small following because the only party which has a policy more-or-less like SWAPO, only gained one seat in the last by-election for fie vacancies And I would say that for the most, there's about ten per cent of ... Rehobothes that support SWAPO.
REPORTER: "Do you think this following can increase much because of the new development?"
AFRICA: "No, I definitely don't think so because basically the Rehoboth Baster is a peace-loving citizen, he's very religious and the ideology of SWAPO is an atheistic one based on Marxism-Leninism"
REPORTER: "Have you had any reaction from your people on the .. Turnhalle decision?
AFRICA: "Yes, the reaction I had was very promising. the people were very glad about the decision that was made because it ... for them it contains something for the future based on a peaceful solution."
REPORTER: "Thank you Doctor."
On Thursday (19 August) SWAPO rejected outright the proposal of a provisional date of 31 December, 1978, for the territory's full independence from south africa and the planned creation of an interim government. The proposal had been put forward at the Constitutional Conference, but SWAPO claims that the Conference cannot represent the wishes of the people. It will resume on 31 August, the same day that the United Nations deadline expires for South Africa to withdraw from South West Africa.
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Background: The leader of one of the ethnic groups of South West Africa (Namibia) has denied that his group supports SWAPO (the South West africa Peoples Organisation). Dr. Benjamin Africa, the leader of the Baster tribal delegation at the constitutional talks in Windhoek, South West Africa, made his remarks after the Constitutional Conference adjourned to allow white delegates to attend the South West Africa Congress of the ruling National Party.
SYNOPSIS: A South African reporter asked him what his attitude was to SWAPO