The leader of the white Rhodesia minority, Mr.
SV AND PAN: Former Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith arrives in car, and gets out dinning coat
SV AND PAN: Smith supporters arrive and enter building, carrying handguns
CU PULL BACK, SV AND CU: Revolver in holster of supporter entering. (2 shots)
SCU INTERIOR: Smith making speech
SV CUTAWAY: Audience
SCU: Smith speaking.
SMITH: "I have heard it said that the white man can influence many, many black people even reported at a high level, and that is because all of our lives we have lived so closely together here. Especially for people in the rural areas, the blacks are part of the family. That has always been the way here. And we communicate and seek advice form one another. Therefore, I say to you we must try to do this...Let's leave out personalities. I don't want to get involved in bitterness, and wrangling and personal slanging. Not if we want to go on living together. But when it comes to the straight philosophy, we must warn our black people of the evils of Marxism. They've been brought up under a different system, the tribal system. They're babes in the wood, especially when you have unscrupulous people. So let us do what we can to ensure that they get the message; they realise how it is going to be. The end of freedom, the end of our lives as we have known it ins the past for black as well as white."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The leader of the white Rhodesia minority, Mr. Ian Smith is calling on his supporters to do their utmost to prevent a Marxist victory in the forthcoming elections Nearly two-hundred white farmers gave the former premier a standing ovation at an electoral address in Rusape, Eastern Rhodesia on Thursday (7 February). Mr Smith urged them to use their influence amongst black workers , before the country goes to the polls later this month, (February) and to warn their families that all their possessions are at stake.
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesia's 200-thousand whites vote on Thursday (14 February) for their 20-seat share in the country's first legally independent parliament. Mr Smith already is confident of their vote. His campaign is aimed at 400-thousand black African families, employed on Rhodesia's farms. He told farmers at Rusape to warn workers they would lose their children and possessions under a Marxist regime.
The whites are fighting to limit support for Patriotic Front leader, Robert Mugabe. Mr Mugabe is tipped to win many votes, but not an overall majority. Among the black leaders, his policies are seen to offer the greatest threat to white interests. Mr. Smith says he would rather the vote favoured someone more friendly to whites.