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    As the vital constitutional talks between Prime Minister Ian Smith's minority white government and Mr.?

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    As the vital constitutional talks between Prime Minister Ian Smith's minority white government and Mr. Joshua Nkomo's African National Council (ANC) faction resume on Thursday (11 March), Visnews has been looking at the life of the black population in the capital, Salisbury.

    Mozambique, which last week closed its border with Rhodesia, and many African countries are unquestionably hostile to the white minority ruled country. Bishop Abel Muzorewa's other ANC faction has already called on Mr. Smith to surrender to the blacks to avoid the impending bloodbath in Rhodesian and there is always the threat to violence from Mr, Nkomo's faction if the present round of talks break down, but the fact remains that many black Rhodesians appear prepared to defend the white regime.

    Several black soldiers and policemen have already died in incidents involving black Nationalist guerrillas. There are over 50 per cent more black soldiers than whites in the Rhodesian army and Rhodesian Defence Minister Pieter Van Der Byl said on Saturday (6 March) that he was increasing the size of the army and that the process of recruiting more blacks would continue.

    Mr. Nkomo claims to represent all Rhodesia's six million blacks. Most of his supporters are believed to be amongst the urban black population of Salisbury. But Mr. Ted Sutton Pryce, a deputy minister in Prime Minister Ian Smith's office, told a news conference on Tuesday (9 March) that most of Rhodesia's rural blacks are not political people and that many of the blacks living in Salisbury and other urban areas do not live badly and have a stake in the present order.

    Mr. Sutton Pryce said the Africans have work both in town and on the farms in the country. Despite the ANC campaign to make blacks aware of the political struggle, Mr. Sutton Pryce believes the relatively good living and working conditions of Salisbury's blacks will influence them not to support an armed struggle.

    That is the white Rhodesian's view. Whether it is correct will probably be revealed quickly enough if the present talks break down.

    SYNOPSIS: The headquarters of the African National Council (ANC) in the Rhodesian capital Salisbury.

    As Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of the Nationalists' internal faction, prepared for the resumption of his vital talks with Prime Minister Ian Smith's white minority government on Thursday, his supporters were busy trying to make more of Rhodesia's six million blacks aware of the importance of the struggle for majority rule.

    Mozambique last week closed its bordet with Rhodesia and many other African countries are undoubtedly hostile to the white minority ruled country. Bishop Abel Muzorewa's other Rhodesian Nationalist faction has called on Mr. Smith to surrender to avoid the impending bloodbath and there is the threat of internal violence if the present talks fail -- but many black Rhodesians still appear prepared to defend the country. Several black soldiers and policemen have already died in incidents involving black nationalist guerrillas and there are over 50 per cent more black soldiers than white in the Rhodesian army.

    Most of Mr. Nkomo's supporters are believed to be amongst this urban black population of Salisbury. The government believes that most of Rhodesia's rural blacks are not political people, that there is work in both town and country and that many of the blacks living in these urban area do not live badly and have a stake in the present order. That is the white government's view. Whether it is correct will probably be revealed quickly enough if the present talks fail.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACTTOEZQ2JJ8CH6HHBZH8AQVKV
    Media URN:
    VLVACTTOEZQ2JJ8CH6HHBZH8AQVKV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
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    N/A

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