South African Prime Minister John Vorster announced on Tuesday (20 September) that the country will have general elections on 30 November.
SV: Prime Minister John Vorster seated at table.
SV: Vorster speaking (2 shots)
VORSTER: "Some of the demands, as you well know, go as far as a claim for one-man-one-vote for the whole of South Africa in one Parliament. You'll also recall that I as well as other Ministers have from time to time found it necessary to speak up very strongly against this tendency. We, however, feel that the time has come and that it is only right for the electorate too to add their voices to this protest, especially in view of the fact that it is widely believed as a result of certain propaganda that what I and other members of the Cabinet say do not accurately reflect the correct feeling of the electorate in this regard. What I'm asking the electoral to do is to say that they agree with my standpoint, the standpoint of my ministers that no on country has the right to meddle in the affairs of other countries or to prescribe to other countries how they should conduct their affairs."
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Background: South African Prime Minister John Vorster announced on Tuesday (20 September) that the country will have general elections on 30 November. He said factors that had influenced him in calling the election for the white electorate included what he called attempts by foreign governments and organisations to dictate South Africa's domestic policies. Among other factors were a proposed new constitution which would give wider rights to the coloured and Indian communities, and the general reshuffling of alignments by the White opposition parties. The nest election was not due until 1979. The ruling National Party has a big overall majority in both the House of Assembly and the Senate. Mr Vorster has called the election at a time of unprecedented pressure against his government both at home and abroad. When he made his announcement the South African Prime Minister referred to these outside pressures.
SYNOPSIS: At a press conference in Pretoria, he spoke out against what he called 'meddling' from abroad.