The Rhodesian Premier, Mr. Ian Smith, warned the Government of Mozambique on Thursday (17 June)?
The Rhodesian Premier, Mr. Ian Smith, warned the Government of Mozambique on Thursday (17 June) that if Mozambique tolerated and encouraged terrorists, then Rhodesian security forces would indulge in hot pursuit to deal with them. Speaking in a television broadcast from Salisbury, he said Rhodesian troops only went across borders when they were satisfied that they were being attacked by guerrillas operating form neighbouring territory.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Smith's remarks came after Rhodesia's border post at Mount Selinda, near the Mozambique border, came under fire from positions inside Mozambique on Wednesday. Claymore mines attached to fences are just one indication of the high security operation now being mounted in the area by the Rhodesian authorities. Farmer Gerard Farge and his wife are just one couple who are learning to live with the ever-present threat of guerrilla attacks.
The Rhodesian Herald newspaper reported that Wednesday's attack, including rocket, mortar and small arms fire, lasted 15 minutes. No casualties were reported. it was said to be the third such attack on the post. The newspaper said there had been a similar attack on the post last Monday, and another on the previous Thursday. During the first incident, Rhodesian jet fighters destroyed mortar positions, and an ammunition dump inside Mozambique. In his broadcast, Mr. Smith rejected suggestions that his government were inhibiting the military from taking more forceful retaliation.
However, troop morale is given high priority -- a job Army chaplain, Dani du Plessis assists with.