Black Rhodesian Nationalist leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, returned to a hero's welcome in the Rhodesian?
CU: Black Rhodesian woman PAN OUT others dancing
GV: Black Rhodesians sitting ZOOM OUT TO police
GV: Car surrounded by shouting Africans ZOOM INTO Joshua Nkomo leaving car and walking to newsmen
CU: Black Rhodesian interviewed.
SV: White Rhodesian interviewed.
GV PAN DOWN: Johannesburg tower block to street scene.
GV: Newspaper ZOOM OUT TO African reading.
SV: Black South African interviewed.
SV: White South African interviewed
SV: White South African interviewed.
SV: Two white South African women interviewed.
REPORTER: "Who's your man for the Rhodesian President?"
AFRICAN: "Joshua Nkomo."
REPORTER: "What did you think of Mr. Smith last night?"
WHITE RHODESIAN: "I think he spoke very well, and maybe it's the best for the country. That's all I can say. I hope it is anyway."
REPORTER: "What do you think about the deal announced in Rhodesia yesterday?"
BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN: "I think the changes in Rhodesia are a very good thing. I do accept it very well and I think those blacks have fought there for their freedom."
REPORTER: "And how do you think this might affect South Africa?"
BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN: "Well this time South Africa is in the middle. I don't know about changes in South Africa. Anyway you never know what's in the future."
WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN: "It's likely to affect south Africa in a couple of years' time, I don't think immediately. I think the black populace there will see that now they've got majority rule over there that they will probably assume majority rule here."
SECOND WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN: "I can't see it working. Because it didn't work the last time. I can't see the African Nationalists letting up on the terrorism. Samora Machel has already said so in public, and it's not just going to work. Maybe that's what Smith had in mind, to prove to the world that it's not practical, that Africans want everything, they just don't want majority rule, they want one-man-one vote. I can't see it working."
REPORTER: "What do you think of the deals announced in Rhodesia yesterday?"
WHITE WOMAN: "I think it's a wonderful idea."
REPORTER: "And how do you think that might affect South Africa?"
WHITE WOMAN: "I think we're going to get an awful lot of immigrants, people coming back from Rhodesia to South Africa."
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Background: 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.