An African leader has forecast that what he called liberation force sin South Africa will become strong enough to convince the present white-minority government to arrange a transfer of power.
CU INTERIOR Secretary General of African National Congress, Alfred Nzo, listening to reporter's questions and replying in English
REPORTER: "If the ANC were to be approached at this present moment Mr. Botha for talks, would you be willing to participate?"
NZO: "Well, you see, what you must realise is that, when you get to the question of talks, the question must be answered: 'What are you aiming at? What is the aim of those talks?' A serious political pint such as that confronting our people, the talks must aim, you know, at completely doing away with the status quo. This must be clearly understood. Now, it does not need any depth of political perspicacity to understand, you know, that, if we were today to sit down to talk with botha, to Botha, in fact, you would be dealing with us as a master talking to a servant. This has been proved. how many (indistinct) conducted some sort of talks with those who have been projected as leaders of the African people inside the country -- the stooges of the Bantustan? And what has been happening? Every time those talks end, one fact is always made clear, and, in fact, he made it very clear when he discussed with the religious leaders that what must be known is that first: the present apartheid regime is there to protect the interests of the white minority section of the population. Second, what also must be known is that, at no stage will the apartheid regime agree to the concept of one-man-one-vote, majority rule inside that country. Now, that is their standpoint. (Indistinct) believe that, you see, and especially as has been proved now, with the development of East Africa, that a time will come when the liberation forces will have gained such strength as will force the Bothas of this world to liberate you, to hand over part of the pudding. At that time, Botha will say, 'Come, I'm tired of this; it's too much for me. I want to give it over to its rightful owners.' Then you say, 'Fine, Mr. Botha, we are ready to engage in whatever arrangements there are for transference of power.'"
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Background: An African leader has forecast that what he called liberation force sin South Africa will become strong enough to convince the present white-minority government to arrange a transfer of power. The Secretary General of the African National congress (ANC) Mr. Alfred Nzo, said this when interviewed in the Zambian capital of Lusaka on Wednesday (13 August). Mr. Nzo cited the independence and development of the former colonial countries of Eat Africa to underline his prediction, Mr. Nzo was interviewed by Visnews a few days after the South African Prime Minister, Mr. Pieter Botha, completed a week of talks with a wide-ranging group of South African ethnic and religious groups. During those talks, Mr. Botha reaffirms his government's rejection of majority rule.