• Short Summary

    THE SOUTH AFRICAN GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN ENTERS ITS FINAL PHASE THIS WEEK AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE IT TOOK POWER 22 YEARS AGO, DR.

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    THE SOUTH AFRICAN GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN ENTERS ITS FINAL PHASE THIS WEEK AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE IT TOOK POWER 22 YEARS AGO, DR. VORSTER'S NATIONALIST PARTY IS BEING SERIOUSLY CHALLENGED.

    THE MAIN OPPOSITION TO ITS RULE IS THE AFRIKANER BREAK-AWAY RECONSTITUTED NATIONAL PARTY - THE H.N.P. LED BY ULTRA-NATIONALIST DR. ALBERT HERTZOG AND HIS DEPUTY MR. JAAP MARAIS. THESE MEN WERE EXPELLED FROM DR. VORSTER'S PARTY LAST YEAR FOR THEIR ALLEGEDLY EXTREMIST VIEWS AND ARE NOW CONTESTING ABOUT HALF THE 169 SEATS AT STAKE.

    THE ONLY OTHER OPPOSITION COMES FROM MRS. SUZMAN'S TINY PROGRESSIVE PARTY, OF WHICH SHE IS THE ONLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE, AND SIR DE VILLIER GRAAF'S UNITED PARTY ONCE THE RULING PARTY OF SOUTH AFRICA.

    DR. HERTZOG'S GROUP WANTS TO MAKE APARTHEID EVEN MORE INFLEXIBLE THAN IT IS NOW AND TO MAKE AFRIKANS THE ONLY OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY. AT PRESENT BOTH ENGLISH AND AFRIKANS HAVE EQUAL STATUS.

    THE H.N.P. IS LIKELY TO CAUSE AN IMPORTANT SPLIT IN THE AFRIKANER VOTE AND THIS MAY MEAN A CAIN OF SEVERAL SEATS TO THE UNITED PARTY. IN THE MEANTIME, DR. HERTZOG IS BUSY CAMPAIGNING UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY IN THE HOPE THAT HIS PARTY MAY SEVERELY SHAKE THE RULING POSITION OF DR. VORSTER'S GOVERNMENT VOTING WILL BE ON APRIL 22.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9I0CL31U2PWJG6LPRQ6GUGDW7
    Media URN:
    VLVA9I0CL31U2PWJG6LPRQ6GUGDW7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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