The President of the African National Congress of South Africa, Mr.
CU Oliver Tambo, President of the African National Congress of South Africa, speaking in English
CU Interviewer asking question
CU Tambo answering
TRANSCRIPTS: TAMBO: "We support SWAPO to the hilt. SWAPO has fought for the liberation of the Namibian people, fought with the support of the Namibian people. The people of Namibia have been fighting against this fascist regime, and we are guided by SWAPO's position in regard of negotiations, but we are concerned about conspiracies by the western powers with the South African regime, designed to frustrate the interests of the people of Namibia. But we are confident that, in spite of all the manoeuvres, SWAPO--the sole authentic representative of the Namibian people--, supported by the whole world, will seize power in Namibia, and take control of the destiny of Namibia.
MAINE: "Do you then say that (South African Prime Minister) Mr. Botha's call for a multi-racial conference to discuss the future of South Africa can avert this disaster?"
TAMBO: "There is no indication of a decision on the part of the regime to transform the whole system. The first thing that Mr. Botha ought to do, in the first instance, is to call together his own people, and say the South African situation has become dangerous. We must abandon the old system; we must establish one country, one people, one government. We insist on this. Therefore, any meeting that is called merely to reaffirm the status quo solves no problems. On the contrary, it emphasises the need for our people to step up the struggle. Our people will not go to the conference that is being called, because it serves no purpose."
REPORTER: ABBEY MAINE
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Background: The President of the African National Congress of South Africa, Mr. Oliver Tambo, said in Lusaka on Saturday (15 March) that his party would not attend a conference called to try to settle the Namibian conflict. Such a conference, Mr. Tambo said, would merely reaffirm the status quo in the troubled country, and serve no constructive purpose. Namibia has been in the grip of civil war for fourteen years, with the South West African's People's Organisation (SWAPO) leading an armed struggle to remove the former German colony from South African rule. Mr. Tambo said his party fully supported SWAPO.