Black Rhodesian Nationalist leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, returned to a hero's welcome in the Rhodesian?
Black Rhodesian Nationalist leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, returned to a hero's welcome in the Rhodesian capital of Salisbury on Friday (25 September) after a five-year absence. The night before, white Rhodesian leader, Mr. Ian Smith, announced on national television that his Government had accepted the terms of a deal allowing for African majority rule inside two years.
SYNOPSIS: The mood among black Rhodesians in Salisbury was jubilant the day after the settlement plans were publicly accepted. Although Africans celebrated in the streets, some Rhodesian Nationalist leaders are openly sceptical of the good intentions of Mr. Smith's Government. This distrust is further complicated by divisions in the main black-African group...the African Nationalist Council.
The leader of one faction of the Council, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, was mobbed by supporters when he returned to Rhodesia the day after agreement was announced. He commands substantial support among black-Rhodesians, and Reuters quotes sources in the Smith Government as saying he is the most acceptable of the black leaders. But he said the proposals contained many flaws and ambiguities. Mr. Nkomo was the only nationalist leader to confer with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on his recent African tour, and is thought to stand a good chance of becoming first minister.....or Prime Minister...in the interim Government leading up to majority rule.
In South Africa's major city Johannesburg, reaction among people in the street was mixed. Questions were put to black and white South Africans.