Following the General Election in Botswana at which his Botswana Democratic Party won 27 of the 32 seats in the national Assembly, the country's President.
Following the General Election in Botswana at which his Botswana Democratic Party won 27 of the 32 seats in the national Assembly, the country's President. Sir Seretse Khama, held a news conference shortly before he was sworn in for a new term of office.
At the news conference, he re-affirmed that his newly-elected Government would try to create an atmosphere in the country in which white men and black men could live "side by side" without racial friction. He said he would continue to "preach" about the desirability of non-racial societies in Southern Africa.
White Governments, he thought, should be made aware of the desirability of respect for human dignity, regardless of colour.
Referring to South Africa's policy of creating future independent African "Homelands" inside the country, Sir Seretse said that Botswana would not find it very easy to support an application by such a "homeland" for membership of the United Nations or the Organisation for African Unity.
This film includes an extract from Sir Seretse Khama's remarks at the news conference. The following is a transcript: