In Tanzania, the 60th birthday of African nationalist leader, Nelson Mandela, who is in jail in South Africa has ben commemorated with a mass rally held at the University of Dar es Salaam.
SV INTERIOR Mr. H.A. Shungu speaking.
GV PAN Audience.
SV Mzwali Piliso addressing meeting. PAN TO crowd applauding.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: SHUNGU: "Comrade Mandela is now in jail on Robben Island serving life imprisonment which has been imposed on him by the racist regime of killer Vorster. We appeal to the International Community to demand comrade Mandela's release and that to other political prisoners who are now in the slaughter houses of the notorious regime suffering all kinds of brutality and torture in the Robben Island and elsewhere. We feel that the act of imprisoning the very people who stand for a genuine and just course demonstrates naked cowardice and it is a crime of indefinite proportions."
Mr. Piliso's speech was equally forceful.
PILISO: "To us, this day is a day of dedication in the struggle for Africa of tomorrow. For Nelson Mandela spent his life fighting against tribalism and racialism for an integrated African society. He believes in a democratic one party system and in a classless society. He is an ardent anti-imperialist, an internationalist, and a revolutionary in the true sense.
To him sacrifice is no just a word in the dictionary, but practice. The struggle continues...Victory is certain...Amandla Maatle...Power to the people."
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Background: In Tanzania, the 60th birthday of African nationalist leader, Nelson Mandela, who is in jail in South Africa has ben commemorated with a mass rally held at the University of Dar es Salaam. The rally was organised by the National Youth Organisation of Tanzania, in conjunction with the African National Congress. Among the many speakers calling for Mandela's release, and an end to what they called the racist regime in Southern Africa, were Mr. H. Shungu - the youth organisation's Commissar for political and Foreign Affairs -- and Mzwai Piliso, a National Executive Committee member of the ANC. Mr. Shungu spoke first.