With one-man, one-vote elections now just over a month away in Rhodesia the Reverend Ndabaningi sithole, one of the three major black contenders for power, is showing signs of growing popular support.
GV & PAN Crowd gathered for open-air ZANU rally.
SCU Supporters of Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole wearing ZANU hats.
SV & PAN Reverend Sithole arrives in white Mercedes and mounts rostrum. (2 SHOTS)
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV Traditional dancers performing in support of ZANU.
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Background: With one-man, one-vote elections now just over a month away in Rhodesia the Reverend Ndabaningi sithole, one of the three major black contenders for power, is showing signs of growing popular support.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (4 March) a crowd of sixteen thousand turned up to hear him speak, at a black township outside Salisbury. It was the largest crowd he has attracted since his return to Rhodesia from self-imposed exile eighteen months ago. But it is still a lot short of the estimated hundred and twenty thousand who came here last month to listen to the Reverend Sithole's main rival, Bishop Abel Muzorewa. The election, organised by the transitional government, is six weeks away. There is a campaign, backed by the government, which includes the Reverend Sithole, for a big turnout at the elections. They hope that it will boost the new government's claims for international recognition. Opposition to the election comes from Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance who have pledged to smash the polls. In his speech the Reverend Sithole said any attempt to disrupt the election would be dealt with mercilessly by the government.