A member of the African National Council, Mr. Eddison Zvobogo, predicted in Sydney this week?
GV PAN & GV Sydney skyline and Sydney Harbour Bridge (2 shots) (MUTE)
CU Mr. Zvobogo speaking:
ZVOBOGO: "I did not want to believe it for the last 15 years. I have been one of the strongest campaigners for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. But Ian Smith has said he will never sit down with the African people to talk about this. So I am just also now beginning to realise that only arms will liberate that country."
QUESTION: "What happens to you personally if you go back to your home country?"
ZVOBOGO: "Personally, if I return to my home country, Ian Smith will probably put me on trial for the first time and will probably succeed as the law stands in getting me jailed for many years -- at least for 40, years. Or I could actually get a death penalty for aiding or suggesting that it is desirable to overthrow his regime, which he calls the constitutionally elected government. It's not constitutionally elected and he knows it. He overthrew the constitution when he declared UDI and has been illegal ever since."
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Background: A member of the African National Council, Mr. Eddison Zvobogo, predicted in Sydney this week that there would be open conflict in Rhodesia within the next few months.
Mr. Svobogo, who is director of the council's external mission, said that black Africans in Rhodesia would be celebrating their independence some years in the future. He has been putting across the views of the African council during a tour of all Australian states.
After addressing a luncheon organised by the Australia Party political group, Mr. Zvobogo was asked if he really believed the only way to overthrow the white minority government of Ian Smith was through arms:
SYNOPSIS: Australians have been hearing the case against the white minority government in Rhodesia from a member of the African National Council, Mr. Eddison Zvobogo, who's been touring all Australian states. In Sydney this week he predicted open conflict could start in Rhodesia in a matter of months: