Government Ministers in South Africa have voiced their support for the new Government being set up in Rhodesia.
CU Foreign Minister Pik Botha speaking in English
GV Sefikeng Hall, Soweto
GV People enter hall
GV INTERIOR People chanting and clapping hands (3 shots)
GV Unknown person addressing crowd ZOOM IN TO Speaker and PAN TO ZANU PF poster
GV People chanting and clapping hands
GV Unknown person speaking in English
BOTHA: "I made a public statement to the effect that representatives of my department meet from time to time, representatives of all the major political parties of Zimbabwe as could be expected from representatives of my department. We exchanged views. From their side, as far as I remember, Mr. Mugabe's men indicated to us that they were fearful of South African Military intervention in Rhodesia. From our side we indicated that we would wish all the parties to observe the cease-fire arrangements, to halt all intimidation, to give the election a chance to develop and progress according to free and fair lines. And we indicated well before the election that we were ready to co-operate with any Government elected in a free and fair election. If that Government would not, would not, allow its territory as a springboard for perpetrating subversion against South Africa. Now, er.. this is no deal. This is a view that we conveyed to all the parties taking part in the Zimbabwe elections."
UNKNOWN PERSON:"And now let us be sure, what we man when we say (incoherent) what we mean when we say (incoherent). There is maximum sacrifice that is expected of us brothers and sisters, and we still say (incoherent)".
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Background: Government Ministers in South Africa have voiced their support for the new Government being set up in Rhodesia. Foreign Minister Pik Botha says they'll encourage political and economic ties with the new "Zimbabwe."
SYNOPSIS: As Mr. Botha made his comments in a television interview, the Congress of South African students met in the Sefikeng Hall, in Soweto, near Johannesburg, to celebrate the victory of the Patriotic Front in the Rhodesian elections.
It was a jubilant meeting, with speakers addressing a packed audience.
They were told of the success of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU).
While the meeting was being held, the United Nations and South African Government officials began talks in Capetown on the future of South-West Africa (Namibia). The discussions are part of a long, drawn-out effort to achieve independence for the former German colony. Commenting on the talks, Mr. Botha said the effect of the election result in Rhodesia would harden the attitudes of democratic parties in Namibia. He said that parties in South-West Africa would have to be more "acutely aware and on guard", not to let intimidation affect the people living there.