The surprise attack on President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia by South African Prime Minister John Vorster is dominating the headlines in South Africa.
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Background: The surprise attack on President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia by South African Prime Minister John Vorster is dominating the headlines in South Africa.
Mr. Vorster accused the Zambian President of being a "double talker", in that he was leading the fight against the South African policy of apartheid, while at the same time conducting secret exchange with South African regime, in which a meeting between the two Presidents was discussed.
A reply to Mr. Vorster from the Zambian Foreign Ministry came yesterday (April 22) in which the charges of' double talk' were rejected as 'utter fabrication at a very high level.
The reply also complained of a bitter and personal attack on the Zambian leader, and said that Zambia would not allow its President to be used as a scapegoat for South Africa's difficulties in launching its proposed dialogue with the nations of black Africa.
The Zambians also said that the initiative for the meeting between Presidents mentioned by Mr. Vorster came from the South African side. South Africa had been making overtures through secret envoys since 1968.
SYNOPSIS: In Johannesburg, South Africa, the day after the Prime Minister's surprise attack on President Kaunda of Zambia, the story was the top talking point of the day. People here and throughout Africa wondered how Mr. Voster's leaking of alleged secret exchanges between President Kaunda and himself could be combined with South Africa's policy, re-affirmed in Parliament on Thursday, of calling for a dialogue with black African leaders. Mr. Vorster accused President Kaunda of 'double talk' in leading the fight against South Africa's apartheid policy while conducting secret exchanges with Mr. Vorster. On Thursday Zambia replied co Mr. Vorster through its foreign office, calling the charges of 'double talk' 'utter fabrication at a very high level', and complaining of a ' bitter personal attack on President Kaunda'. And on Friday the row continued, with Mr. Vorster making further accusations of very recent contacts between South Africa and Zambian envoys.