Rhodesian leader Ian Smith, held a press conference on Monday (13th), following his Rhodesian Front Party's sweeping victory in last week's General Election.
MV Ian Smith
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: REPORTER: "Now the African population. If the government has so much support from these people can you tell us why it was the Rhodesian Front had no black candidates?".
SMITH: "Yes, I am very happy to tell you the reason was that we did not wish to have nay black candidates. We never asked for any black candidates, quite the reverse. Under our new constitution as you know, we have introduced a new concept as far as Rhodesia is concerned. We have divided the Africans and European in the political arena. Europeans vote for Europeans, and Africans for Africans. We believe this is something that will prove successful. Admittedly we are experimenting...I think the whole of Africa is experimenting...in this western democratic system of government, and if history proves anything very clearly I think it proves that Africa finds it very difficult to adapt itself to this system. It has failed far more often that it has succeeded We believe that what we have to do is to try to encourage the African to produce his own original political thinking rather than come in under the wing of a European Party and be dominated by the Europeans in a political party, and put themselves in a position where I think they would be branded stooges as they have in the past. Under these circumstances they system has not worked.
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Background: Rhodesian leader Ian Smith, held a press conference on Monday (13th), following his Rhodesian Front Party's sweeping victory in last week's General Election. In it be discussed the party's hopes for the future where they relate to multi-racial politics.
During the conference Ian Smith was questioned by reporters.