• Short Summary

    White South Africans went to the polls on Wednesday (30 November) in a general election expected to give Prime Minister John Vorster's ruling National Party an even greater majority is Parliament.

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    White South Africans went to the polls on Wednesday (30 November) in a general election expected to give Prime Minister John Vorster's ruling National Party an even greater majority is Parliament.

    SYNOPSIS: Despite widespread rain, voting was brisk in most of the 120 constituencies being contested.

    In 44 seats the candidate was unopposed. All but two of them were National Party candidates, giving it a flying start in the election.

    The Prime Minister Mr. Vorster and his wife, Tini, waited under umbrellas for a poling station at a Pretoria school to open.

    Mr. Vorster has campaigned strongly against outside interference in South African affairs, particularly he United Nations' embargo on arms for his country. If elected, it will be his fourth terms of office. His party is considered certain to be returned to office for the eight time since 1948.

    Among other early voters was South Africa's Foreign Minister, Pik Botha. Outside the polling station, he spoke to a man who still has no hope of having a vote of his own.

    While the country's White minority exercised its democratic right, Roman Catholic clergymen staged a vigil in St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg. They were protesting against the exclusion from the polls of the non-White majority. Later in the day, a few arrests were made when a small group of Blacks stages a demonstration against the government's policies. The National Party stands firm on a policy of separate development of the races in South Africa where Blacks outnumber the Whites by more than four-to-one.

    Like Blacks, Coloureds - people of mixed race - and Asians have no vote.

    Early results indicated that the Nationalist were heading for a landslide victory. Final results were not expected to be known until Thursday afternoon (1 December).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LU1IK6DVFA2J8CWFR6MIAWJE
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LU1IK6DVFA2J8CWFR6MIAWJE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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