A mass rally in Dar es-Salaam on Tuesday (26 October) condemned the South African-sponsored independence of the Transkei, and called on all governments to have no dealings with the new state.
A mass rally in Dar es-Salaam on Tuesday (26 October) condemned the South African-sponsored independence of the Transkei, and called on all governments to have no dealings with the new state. Before the rally, a long procession of soldiers and civilians marched through the city.
SYNOPSIS: The protest was organised by the ruling Tanganyika African National Union Party, TANU. It called the independence of the Transkei from South Africa false, and a total sham engineered by the South African Government. It followed only after the actual independence ceremony in the Transkei and an equally swift United Nations condemnation of the new nation. The Prime Minister of the Transkei, Chief Kaiser Matanzima, came under attack as 'a South African stooge'. TANU officials also called him 'the running dog of the apartheid regime'. The granting of independence to the Transkei, until Monday one of South Africa's black homelands, is seen by the Pretoria regime as a logical progression in its separate development programme.
The demonstration continued outside the offices of the TANY Youth League where the rally took place. Present were representatives of the Organisation of African Unity, several South African liberation movements, and members of the resident foreign diplomatic corps. In the United Nations, the General Assembly overwhelmingly rejected self rule for the new state and called on all members to have nothing to do with it.
South Africa has denied that the Transkei will not be truly independent, and Prime Minister Matanzima has endorsed Pretoria's stand.