In South Africa, Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, leader of the predominantly Zulu Inkatha Organisation has launched his election campaign for the forthcoming Kwazulu elections with giant rally at Kwa Mashu outside Durban.
SV: supporters cheering and dancing.
SV AND GV: crowds cheering and dancing as Chief Buthelezi walks through (3 shots)
CU: Chief Buthelezi sitting on rostrum.
CU: crowd chanting
SV: Chief Buthelezi addressing crowd in English.
BUTHELEZI: "South Africa today is armed to the teeth and, therefore, South Africa is ready today to face any military threat aimed at upsetting the status quo. The arms the world has supplied to South Africa over the years has enabled white South Africa to defy Africa and defy the world. When we last had meeting together with other black leaders on January 22nd 1975, I warned the Prime Minister that we had been prepared to endure abuse by operating within the framework, which most blacks reject, in the hope that the government policy may lead blacks to real fulfilment. I stated to Mr Vorster on that day that his policy appeared to lead only to a blind end, to a cul de sac. I stated also that our only alternative, therefore, was to seek fulfilment not in an unreal separate freedom, but in one South Africa and in the only seat of power which is parliament in Capetown. I told the Prime Minister that this was the logical alternative we have as black people if we do not want our people to resort to civil disobedience and disruptions of services in this land.
Mr Vorster states that Zulus are proud and if Mr Vorster understands that Zulus are proud, he should therefore know that what he is offering the Zulus within the framework of his apartheid policies is an insult to that very sense of pride he mentions."
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Background: In South Africa, Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, leader of the predominantly Zulu Inkatha Organisation has launched his election campaign for the forthcoming Kwazulu elections with giant rally at Kwa Mashu outside Durban. He repeated his call for the black community to reject the policy of separate black homelands.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of supporters turned out to dance or simply cheer at the rally where Chief Buthelezi was to canvass support for the forthcoming elections. The Chief, who has become one of the black community's most vocal critics of apartheid, has been urging all black tribes and movements in South Africa to unite in fighting apartheid.
The renewed call from the Chief comes soon after South Africa's new Minister for Bantu Affairs, Mr Connie Mulder, said that, in time there should be no blacks living outside the independent homeland areas. Chief Buthelezi has said that if the Inkatha Party scores significant successes in the election, it would signify the black majority's total rejection of apartheid. He advocates rejection by black groups of the idea of separate homelands. He has refused independence for the Kwazulu homeland and said it is treachery for blacks to accept independence from the white-ruled republic.
Opposing separate homelands is rejecting the idea blacks are foreigners in any part of South Africa, he says.