World criticism of South Africa's apartheid policies is increasing sharply and this week the Prime Minister, John Vorster, is meeting United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, for talks which will probably include discussion of the situation.
World criticism of South Africa's apartheid policies is increasing sharply and this week the Prime Minister, John Vorster, is meeting United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, for talks which will probably include discussion of the situation. But leading black nationalist leader, Mrs. Winnie Mandela, has said the talks will do little for the black people in South Africa. Black leaders met government officials during the weekend to try and work out a solution to the problems which caused the rioting in Soweto last week.
SYNOPSIS: The prelude to Mr. Vorster's meeting was a conference of 20 South African ambassadors in the West German capital of Bonn on Monday. The two days of talks were expected to be dominated by the growing world criticism, although some diplomats say the violence could have been deliberately provoked to embarrass Mr. Vorster. The ambassadors came from Europe, North America and the Middle East.
On Monday about a hundred young people gathered outside the South African embassy protesting against apartheid. The meeting was originally scheduled for the embassy but was later held in the envoy's residence because of the demonstration.
Opposition has come from inside South Africa about Mr. Vorster's talks with Dr. Kissinger. Black nationalist leader, Winnie Mandela, says the talks have no significance. She said the United States would be of no help.
Mean Wile, on Saturday, black leaders met with government officials to try and work out a solution to the current race-and-language conflict. This was what caused last week's riots in Soweto. The meeting decided that the policy of requiring African schools to continue teaching some subjects in Afrikaans would remain. But schools will be entitled to apply for exemption and it's thought this will be granted almost automatically now. The meeting agreed to a joint announcement which said the "tragic occurrences in Soweto were caused by misunderstanding and confusion".
The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Bantu education, Mr. Michiel Botha. He's seen here closest to the camera. Many commentators in South Africa say Mr. Botha is in danger of losing his portfolio. There have also been calls for the resignation of his second in command who implemented the language policy.