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    INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe his delivered a bitter attack on the South African leadership.

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    GV Mugabe arrives for rally to cheering crowds. (2 SHOTS)

    CU Mugabe speaking.


    MUGABE (SEQ 2): "We are, however, aware that South Africa, which has declared itself our enemy, has been organising against us, in as much as she has been organising against other front-line states. We say to South Africa that she must learn from what has happened to the Smith regime here, that people cannot stand for too long any apartheid nonsence, that people revolt against oppression, that people desire democracy, that people desire freedom. If she cannot learn, if that Botha regime cannot study the lesson of history that is provided here, then let her learn it in a bitter way.

    "We will play our part alongside other members of the OAU and members of the international community in giving moral, practical and political support to the fighting people of South Africa. We believe that the struggle in South Africa is an African struggle. Africa cannot put up with a regime which insists on Africa bearing the burden of a colonial status. The colonisation must proceed until the whole of Africa is free. In the same way as we will give support to the fighting forces in South Africa, we will also give it to SWAPO, which we recognise as the sole legitimate and authentic representative of the people of Namibia. The SWAPO fight is also our fight."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe his delivered a bitter attack on the South African leadership. At a tally at the Rufaro Stadium near Salisbury on Saturday (28 February), Mr. Mugabe said South Africa must learn from the fate of the former white Rhodesian Smith regime. In a major foreign policy declaration Mr. Mugabe pledged full support to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), endorsed a United Nations resolution proclaiming the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) as the legal government of Namibia, and encouraged the struggle against what he called apartheid nonsence.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mugabe was addressing a rally to mark the first anniversary of his term in office In the Rufaro Stadium, he told his cheering supporters to carry on the struggle for independence in South Africa.

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