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    Zimbabwe Rhodesia's acting Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Mazaiwana, said on Wednesday (17 October) that he?

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    CU Education Minister and Acting Prime Minister Mr. Edward Mazaiwana speaking in English

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: MAZAIWANA: "The comment I made was prompted by a statement by the Foreign Secretary (South Africa) Mr. Pik Botha, on the possibility of South Africa coming in if the other nations of the world, who are democratic stood aloof while we were being slaughtered. And this is where I cam in."

    HAYTON: "And what is your view about the possible intervention of South Africa."

    MAZAIWANA: "I think it is natural, we are neighbours as I have said before and we've the, Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Rhodesian people are not aggressors, nor are the South Africans. We have, as I have said before, maintained very happy and good relations with them. We are people, all people living in southern Africa, and South Africans, and if the British government, or the Americans in the event of an invasion here stood by without doing anything, we would expect our good friends to come onto our side. And I think that we would welcome this."

    HAYTON: "But what if the South Africans intervened not simply to help Zimbabwe Rhodesia, but to try and put off the day before there's conflict in South Africa."

    MAZAIWANA: "I don't think so, I think they would wait until they saw what Britain would do. If people spread criticism of their policy that has always been maintained, the idea that there should be no interference in the domestic affairs of other people, and I think they have maintained that, and I can't see them coming in unless the British government just ignored the situation and did nothing. And I should like to think that they'd only come in if they thought this was the only way to help us and no other people were prepared to come and help us."

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    Background: Zimbabwe Rhodesia's acting Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Mazaiwana, said on Wednesday (17 October) that he could envisage South Africa intervening militarily in Zimbabwe Rhodesia if his country was invaded, and other Wester powers didn't come to its aid. Interviewed by BBC reporter Philip Hayton, Mr. Mazaiwana was commenting on a statement last week by South African Foreign Minister Mr. Pik Botha. He said that his government would consider action "to counter a take-over by forces of chaos and confusion" in Zimbabwe Rhodesia.

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