Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, Chief Executive Officer of the Zulu Territorial authority, talked to reporters at a press conference in Pretoria on Monday after an hour-long discussion on apartheid policy with Prime Minister John Vorster.
CU Chief Buthelezi seated
CU Chief Buthelezi answers questions (SOF)
REPORTER: "If I could ask you the question, Chief Buthelezi, the O.A.U. has called for dialogue between Mr Vorster and his own Africans, before other dialogue can take place. Would you say that the talk you've just had today fulfils this condition?
BUTHELEZI: Well, I think to me it does, provided it continues, as I've made quite explicit in my statement. Because this is just a beginning, as I said.
REPORTER: Who has the responsibility for continuing it?
BUTHELEZI: Of course the one who has power to do so. My statement is quite clear on this point.
REPORTER: That means the Prime Minister himself?
BUTHELEZI: Of course.
REPORTER: Do you think that this will satisfy the O.A.U. in its demands for internal dialogue first?
BUTHELEZI: Well, I can't read their minds, but as far as I'm concerned, if this continues, it is the beginning of something. For I can assure you it was a very frank discussion we had. It was not a monologue, at all".
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Background: Chief Gatsha Buthelezi, Chief Executive Officer of the Zulu Territorial authority, talked to reporters at a press conference in Pretoria on Monday after an hour-long discussion on apartheid policy with Prime Minister John Vorster.
Chief Buthelezi described the meeting as a 'milestone' in the relations between our various peoples. It came not long after the O.A.U. summit in Addis Ababa, which called for dialogue between Mr Vorster and his own Africans before dialogue with other black African states.
The Zulu Territorial Authority is the name under which Zululand will eventually become one of the self-governing Bantustans (African Tribal Homelands) planned by the South African Government.
The following is an extract from Chief Buthelezi's replies to reporters at his Pretoria Press Conference: