Plans for a new constitutional deal for South Africa's majority black population have received a setback following the rejection by Homeland leaders of a separate advisory council for blacks.
GV & CU PAN INT Homeland leaders seated around conference table in Johhanesburg, South Africa.
CU Chief Minister of Gazankulu, Professor Hudson Ntsanwise, speaking to reporter in English.
NTSANWISE: "As far as the Schlebusch Commission report is concerned, it was agreed by all the legislative assemblies that a separate black council is not acceptable to the black people. But the concept of a president's council itself is acceptable if it includes blacks."
REPORTER: "And the citizenship issue?"
NTSANWISE: "The citizenship issue - we reiterated our stand that we should have one citizenship for all South Africans, and that for us the case of South African citizenship remains non-negotiable, because we do not want to abdicate our birthrights as South Africans."
REPORTER: "And the concept of a constellation of states?"
NTSANWISE: "As far as the concept of the constellation of states is concerned, it was felt that this can only be pursued after we have finalised the South African constitutional arrangement itself."
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Background: Plans for a new constitutional deal for South Africa's majority black population have received a setback following the rejection by Homeland leaders of a separate advisory council for blacks. The President's council - an advisory body - was to have been comprised whites, coloureds and Asians only.
SYNOPSIS: The proposal is seen as endorsing apartheid, and the blacks want a council representing the whole population to plan South Africa's future: Professor Hudson Ntsanwise of the Gazankulu homeland explains.