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    SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER JOHN VORSTER SPOKE TO A PACKED MEETING AT THE JOHANNESBURG CITY HALL RECENTLY AS CAMPAIGNING FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY'S GENERAL ELECTION DRAWS TO A CLOSE.

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    SOUTH AFRICAN PRIME MINISTER JOHN VORSTER SPOKE TO A PACKED MEETING AT THE JOHANNESBURG CITY HALL RECENTLY AS CAMPAIGNING FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY'S GENERAL ELECTION DRAWS TO A CLOSE. VETERAN OBSERVERS SAY THE CAMPAIGN IS THE MOST BITTER IN THE COUNTRY'S POLITICAL HISTORY.

    MR. VORSTER'S NATIONALIST PARTY HOLDS 122 OF THE 166-SEAT LOWER HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT. BUT HE IS NOW FACING THE MOOT SERIOUS CHALLENGE TO THE IMMENSE POPULARITY HE HAS COMMANDED SINCE TAKING OFFICE AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF DR. VERWODRD IN 1966.

    IRONICALLY IT COMES NOT FROM THE OPPOSITION UNITED PARTY, THE TRADITIONAL FOES OF THE NATIONALISTS, BUT FROM THEIR AFRIKANER BROTHERS IN THE REBEL HERSTIGTE (RECONSTITUTED) NATIONAL PARTY (H.N.P.) THE FOLLOWERS OF DR. ALBERT HERTZOG.

    THE NEW PARTY WAS FORMED LAST YEAR BY REBEL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WHO FELT THAT MR. VORSTER AND HIS FOLLOWERS WERE "TOO LIBERAL." THEY CLAIM HIS MODERATE POLICIES THREATEN THE ENTIRE LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND FUTURE OF THE AFRIKANER AND HIS CHILDREN.

    IN THE ELECTION THE BLACKS, WHO OUTNUMBER THE WHITES MORE THAN THREE TO ONE IN THE COUNTRY'S POPULATION 19 MILLION PEOPLE, HAVE NO VOTE.

    AT LAST WEEK'S MEETING THE PRIME MINISTER SPOKE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE WHITES AND THE NON-WHITES IN SOUTH AFTICA:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA520S6ZC95E69G2XK0WWWELE6E
    Media URN:
    VLVA520S6ZC95E69G2XK0WWWELE6E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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