South Africa handed over its military base at Umtata to the government elect of the black Transkei Homeland on Wednesday (15 September).
LV South African Defence Minister Pieter Botha at front of reviewing stand as troops march past (2 shots)
SV & LV Mr. Botha reviewing troops as crowds watch (3 shots)
CU Botha speaking
BOTHA: "The South African defence force has undertaken to train the young defence force of the Transkei, and will second 30 permanent force of officers, warrant officers and non-commissioned-officers to the Transkeian Department of Defence for this purpose. The Republic of South Africa will fully recognize the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of the Transkei, and in terms of mutual requirements, co-operate to the full with your country."
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Background: South Africa handed over its military base at Umtata to the government elect of the black Transkei Homeland on Wednesday (15 September). Next month, it will give what it calls, "independence" to the Transkei Homeland. The Transkei will be the first of nine homelands in South Africa to gain independence.
SYNOPSIS: The Transkei base, which is of battalion strength, will be commanded by a South African army officer. Black officers of the Transkeian army are now being trained and the first fully trained men will receive their commissions on Independence Day 26 October. South African Defence Minister Pieter Botha made the handover.