• Short Summary

    AS SOUTH AFRICA MOVES TOWARDS ITS GENERAL ELECTION DAY - OCTOBER 18 - THE THREE MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES - THE UNITED PARTY, THE PROGRESSIVES AND THE NATIONALISTS - ARE SPEEDING UP THEIR CAMPAIGN PROGRAMMES.

  • Description

    AS SOUTH AFRICA MOVES TOWARDS ITS GENERAL ELECTION DAY - OCTOBER 18 - THE THREE MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES - THE UNITED PARTY, THE PROGRESSIVES AND THE NATIONALISTS - ARE SPEEDING UP THEIR CAMPAIGN PROGRAMMES. IN CAPETOWN OCT 2 SIR DE VILLIERS GRAAFF, LEADER OF THE UNITED PARTY, THE GOVERNMENT OPPOSITION, RECEIVED A GREAT OVATION AFTER A 1 1/2-HOUR SPEECH.

    OUTLINING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE THREE PARTIES, SIR DE VILLIERS STATED THAT FUNDAMENTALLY IT WAS A QUESTION OF THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS DEMOCRACY. "WHILE WE ARE MOVING TOWARD MORE DEMOCRACY, THE NATIONALISTS ARE MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF AUTHORITARIANISM", HE SAID.

    DURING AN ADDRESS THAT WAS CONTINUALLY INTERRUPTED BY APPLAUSE AND GOOD-NATURED INTERJECTIONS, SIR DE VILLIERS STRESSED HIS BELIEF THAT THE NATIONALISTS HAD BECOME THE PARTY OF ONLY ONE SECTION OF THE PEOPLE. "TO MY PARTY, THE DIGNITY AND FREEDOM OF EACH INDIVIDUAL IS IMPORTANT AND WE WANT TO SEE HIM GAIN THE MAXIMUM FREEDOM CONSISTENT WITH THE SAFETY OF THE STATE".

    "TO THE NATIONALISTS," HE SAID, "IT IS STATE THAT IS IMPORTANT AND NOT THE INDIVIDUAL. SCANT REGARD IS PAID TO HIS FREEDOM AND HIS DIGNITY, AND THERE IS AND EVER-GROWING CONCENTRATION OF POWERS IN THE HANDS OF MINISTERS WHICH CANNOT BE CONTROLLED BY PARLIAMENTAR OR BY THE NORMAL DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES."
    SIR DE VILLIERS WAS GIVEN AN OVERWHELMING VOTE OF CONFIDENCE BY HIS AUDIENCE OF 1,200.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6DWT6IM3HUI416EMM3IYOMFDH
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DWT6IM3HUI416EMM3IYOMFDH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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