In Rhodesia, celebrations were held on Friday (11 November), marking the 12th anniversary of illegal independence from Britain.
In Rhodesia, celebrations were held on Friday (11 November), marking the 12th anniversary of illegal independence from Britain. A high-light of the celebrations was the anniversary ball in the capital, Salisbury, attended by Prime Minister Ion Smith. While Rhodesian whites were enjoying themselves, blacks interviewed by a Visnews reporter were largely unmoved and said the anniversary meant nothing to them.
SYNOPSIS: At the ball held at Harry Margolis Hall and attended by 1,000 whites, Mr. Smith rang Rhodesia's glittering silver independence bell 12 times.
He said the bell was always rung 12 times because it signified the ringing in of midnight, But his words were engulfed in a storm of cheering and applause when he added that he could imagine a successor having to ring the bell 100 times -- if he rang for every year of independence.
The Prime Minister said the end of the 12th year of Rhodesia's unilateral declaration of independence did not bring any diminution of the problems the country faced. But they were going forward with good spirits and a strong resolution.
A Visnews correspondent, Gary Burns, who visited bars favoured by the black population in the Salisbury suburb of Highfields, found little enthusiasm among them for the occasion.