A quarter of a million people turned out for Republic Day celebrations in Cape Town on Sunday (31 May).
A quarter of a million people turned out for Republic Day celebrations in Cape Town on Sunday (31 May). There was a military parade, which included a mechanised column and a march-past of 9,500 troops. In addition several weapons were shown, including the new ground-to-air "Cactus" missile, developed in South Africa.
This was the 10th anniversary of the Republic.
Addressing the crowd, the Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster, warned that the greatest current threat to Africa was the present influence of the People's Republic of China in Tanzania.
SYNOPSIS: Two-hundred and fifty-thousand people turned out to watch South Africa's Tenth Republican Anniversary celebrations in Cape Town on Sunday. A military parade was one of the highlight of the day. It featured the new ground-to-air Cactus missile, which was developed in South Africa.
Armoured cars and other mechanised military vehicles took part in the parade. The Air Force put on a fly-pas despite the crash last week of three of the jets preparing of the celebration.
After the mechanised column came a march-past of nearly ten-thousand troops.
The large crowd heard an address by South Africa's Prime Minister, Mr. John Vorster.