South Africa's National Party has emerged from the General Election there with its biggest majority in nearly 30 years of unbroken rule.
South Africa's National Party has emerged from the General Election there with its biggest majority in nearly 30 years of unbroken rule. Prime Minister John Vorster and his supporters ended up with 134 seats against the combined total of 30 for the other parties. Soon after his victory on Thursday (1 December), Mr Vorster said that there would be no change in his approach to Black-White relations. The 62-year-old Prime Minister had campaigned strongly against outside interference in South African affairs, particularly the United Nations embargo on arms for his country. Afterwards he said he was thankful to the voters for supporting his stand.
SYNOPSIS: The Nationalists expected it to be a night for celebrations. One opposition leader, Helen Suzman, was asked how the government will meet foreign pressure.
Blacks, the outnumber whites by more than four-to-one, were not allowed to vote. Neither were Asians or Coloureds.