South African President Jacobus Fouche's state visit to Malawi, which began with his arrival in Blantyre on Friday (March 17), is an historic occasion.
South African President Jacobus Fouche's state visit to Malawi, which began with his arrival in Blantyre on Friday (March 17), is an historic occasion. For it is the first time that a South African head of state has visited an independent black african nation.
President Fouche was accompanied by his wife and two ministers -- Dr Hilgard Muller, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr S. Botha, Minister of Water and Forestry. The visit is in return for President Banda's trip to South Africa in August last year.
At a state banquet for President Fouche on Friday night, President Banda reiterated his condemnation of apartheid and other racial policies -- but stressed that his policy of dialogue with South Africa and its white-dominated neighbours was the only effective one.
SYNOPSIS: The arrival of South Africa's President Jacobus Fouche in Malawi on a week-long state visit on Friday was the beginning of an historic occasion. For it was the first time that a South African head of state had visited an independent black African nation. President Hastings Banda was at Blantyre's Chileka airport to greet President Fouche, who was accompanied by his wife and tow Ministers of the South African Cabinet -- Dr Hilgard Muller, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. S. Botha, Minister of Water and Forestry. Among the welcoming party was the South African Ambassador to Malawi, Mr. J.F. Wentzel.
President Fouche's visit was arranged in return for a trip to South Africa last year by President Banda.....another precedent in southern African politics. That visit angered many black African leaders, but Dr Banda struck to his policy of "dialogue" with South Africa and its white-dominated neighbours, Rhodesia and Portuguese Africa. And at a state banquet in President Fouche's honour later that night, Dr Banda reiterated his policy. He detested apartheid, he said, but talking to its proponents was the only way to do something about it.