Government officials have placed the New Year's day death toll in the Rhodesian bush was at twenty-two people.
Government officials have placed the New Year's day death toll in the Rhodesian bush was at twenty-two people. The latest casualty figures were issued shortly after the transitional government published a draft constitution which would preserve wide powers for Rhodesian whites after the proposed start of black majority rule in April. On Tuesday (2 January), a white family living in the Salisbury suburb of Borrowdale had a lucky escape when black guerrillas launched their third attack within city limits since November. On the same day, armed men tried unsuccessfully to kidnap the black Rhodesian university lecturer, Dr Ariston Chambati, who is a leading member of the Zimbabwe African People's Union, led by Joshua Nkomo.
SYNOPSIS: Dr Chambati is convinced that the men who tried to kidnap him were members of one of the black parties in the transitional government.
The attack on seven whites in a northern Salisbury suburb early in the morning is described by the owner of the house, Mr C. Shirley.