A South African Senator for the Cape Province, Professor Denis Worrall, said in London on Tuesday (8 April) that the current meeting of the Organisation of African Unity to discuss South African was very important.
SV Senator Worrall speaking to reporter (SILENT)
CU Senator Worrall speaking (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: WARD: "At this moment in Dar Es Salaam the Organisation of African Unity is having a special meeting on South Africa. What's your feeling about this?"
WORRALL: "Well it's obviously a very important meeting for the detente movement and it is particularly important for South Africa. There's the South West Africa issue in which South Africa has indicated its bona fides and I think its bona fides have been accepted. It wishes to see the South West Africa issue settled and it's working in what direction. The other facet of the detente movement is Rhodesia where South Africa has played an important role in creating a climate conductive to a settlement."
WAGO: "What kind of Government would you like to see in Rhodesia? And if it does happen to be a black government in the near future, will South Africa accept it?"
WORRALL: "Well adversely we'd like to see a stable government in Rhodesia. We would like to see a government in which there;s full democracy. The South African position as far as a black Government is concerned is clear....we're interested in stable government in southern Africa. We have accepted black governments elsewhere in the sub continent and we have first rate relations with that Government."
WARD: "The other thing is perhaps that the tide of African nationalism in Africa, whether for better or for worse, is too strong to be turned back now. In fact by allowing Rhodesia to possibly go black is doing not much more than buying a bit of time for yourselves."
WORRALL: "No. That's not the way we see the situation. We are not allowing black Rhodesia to go under a black Government. This is as I said a decision for the Rhodesians to take. They have a certain policy that is different from that followed in South Africa and the decision as to what form of Government they will have there is purely a Rhodesian decision."
WARD: "How far are you prepared to go in putting pressure on the Smith regime?"
WORRALL: "I'm not sure precisely the nature of the pressure which South Africa is putting on Rhodesia. Obviously we have an interest in seeing the Rhodesian issue settled."
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EDITORS NOTE: SEE VISNEWS PRODUCTION NUMBER 3472/75 "AFRICAN LEADERS MEET IN DAR ES SALAAM FOR D.A.U. MEETING."
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Background: A South African Senator for the Cape Province, Professor Denis Worrall, said in London on Tuesday (8 April) that the current meeting of the Organisation of African Unity to discuss South African was very important.
The meeting is being held in Dar Es Salaam.
Senator Worrall told Visnews' African Editor, Bill Ward, that the meeting was very important for the detente movement.
South Africa wished to see the South West Africa issue settled and had played an important role in creating a climate conductive to a settlement in Rhodesia.
Senator Worrall said South Africa would like to see a stable Government in Rhodesia with all communities represented democratically.
He said it was up to the Rhodesians whether a black Government took over in the country.
(A transcript of the interview with Professor Worrall is given below.)