• Short Summary

    A BLACK STATE EMBEDDED IN THE HEART OF WHITE SOUTH AFRICA, WAS BORN TODAY, (WEDNESDAY) WHEN 800,000 AFRICAN VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS FOR THE LONG-AWAITED TRANSKEI GENERAL ELECTIONS.

  • Description

    A BLACK STATE EMBEDDED IN THE HEART OF WHITE SOUTH AFRICA, WAS BORN TODAY, (WEDNESDAY) WHEN 800,000 AFRICAN VOTERS WENT TO THE POLLS FOR THE LONG-AWAITED TRANSKEI GENERAL ELECTIONS. THE TRANSKEI, SOUTH AFRICA'S MOST POPULOUS AFRICAN REGION - ROUGHLY THE SIZE OF DENMARK - WILL BECOME THE FIRST ALL-BLACK 'BANTUSTAN' UNDER THE NATIONALIST'S PLAN TO ESTABLISH STRICTLY SEGREGATED BLACK AND WHITE STATES WITHIN THE REPUBLIC.

    SOUTH AFRICA'S PRIME MINISTER, DR. VERWOERD, ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR THAT THE TRANSKEI WOULD HAVE A WHOLLY BLACK PARLIAMENT AND CABINET. FOR MONTHS, PREPARATIONS FOR THE ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN UNDERWAY. RECENTLY ABOUT 1,000 POLICE - 90 PER CENT OF THEM NON-WHITE HAVE BEEN DRAFTED INTO THE CAPITAL, UMTATA, TO KEEP ORDER DURING THE CAMPAIGN. THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO SENT A GROUP OF WHITE CIVIL SERVANTS FROM PRETORIA, TO ESTABLISH AND TEMPORARILY HEAD THE ADMINISTRATION OF SIX NEW GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS THAT WILL RUN THE STATE.

    THE MAJOR ELECTION ISSUE IS THE CONTEST BETWEEN CHIEF KAIZER MATANZIMA - A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE NATIONALIST GOVERNMENT'S POLICY WHO IS STRONGLY TIPPED TO WIN - AND PARAMOUNT CHIEF VICTOR POTO, WHO WANTS A MULTI-RACIAL TRANSKEI. CHIEF POTO, WHO IS 65, WOULD ENCOURAGE WHITE INVESTMENT AND PARTICIPATION IN THE REGION'S DEVELOPMENT.

    TODAY'S ELECTION WILL SEND 45 MEMBERS TO THE 109-SEAT LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY. THE REST OF THE ASSEMBLY'S SEATS WILL BE FILLED BY 64 TRADITIONAL CHIEFS. RESULTS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BE KNOWN FOR AT LEAST A WEEK. THE ASSEMBLY IS EXPECTED TO HOLD IT'S FIRST MEETING ON DECEMBER 6TH., TO ELECT A CHIEF MINISTER AND FIVE CABINET MINISTERS.

    THE TRANSKEI, IN EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE, IS THE TRADITIONAL HOME OF THE XHOSA PEOPLE. ABOUT 1,500,000 LIVE THERE, WITH 13,700 COLOUREDS AND 17,300 WHITES. UNDER THE TERMS OF THE CONSTITUTION, WHITES HAVE NO POLITICAL RIGHTS IN BANTUSTANS.

    (IN A SPEECH IN BLOEMFONTEIN, ORANGE FREE STATE, YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), SIR DE VILLIERS GRAAFF, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION UNITED PARTY, STRONGLY CRITICIZED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BANTUSTANS. HE SAID PARTITION ON THOSE TERMS "COULD SPELL ECONOMIC CHAOS AND SUFFERING FOR EVERY SECTION OF THE POPULATION.")

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEG2OJ5X2PSLTWB6Q2FYNMF9IA
    Media URN:
    VLVAEG2OJ5X2PSLTWB6Q2FYNMF9IA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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