South African Prime Minister John Vorster announced on Tuesday (20 September) that the country will have general elections on 30 November.
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.