INTRODUCTION: The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, reshuffled his Cabinet on Friday (11 March)?
SV: Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, and Rhodesian President, Mr. John Wrathall standing as Rhodesian Chief Justice Judge H.N. Mc Donald enters room.
CU: Mr. Smith seated.
SV: new minister of Transport and Power and Roads, Mr. Archie Wilson Signing papers.
CU: Mr. Smith looking on.
CU: New Minister of Education, Mr. Dennis Walker signing papers.
CU: Portrait of Cecil Rhodes - the founder of Rhodesia.
SV AND LV: New Minister of Combined Operation and Civil Affairs Mr. Roger Hawkins being interviewed. (MUTE) (2 Shots)
CU: Mr. Hawkins seated with reporters. (voice over question)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: REPORTER: "Can we touch on your attitudes towards Rhodesia's capability in the present situation in coping with the war?
HAWKINS: "I would like if I might give you a degree of a parallel. Most people of our generation were engaged in a great world war which was to defend civilisation against the inroads of cruel Nazism. We are facing in our own country an exactly similar position. We are facing a war against those who wish to impose against our will a form of dictatorial government at gunpoint on the Rhodesian people. I believe that the atrocities they have committed, and particularly the barbarities of which they have been guilty in recent months, have made the majority of Rhodesians realise that this evil must be eradicated. And I am quite confident that we will eradicate it. And I would go further and say that those tools of Russian imperialism who believe that they can take over this country at gun point are going to be very bitterly disappointed. And I would go further and say that those wise acres of the west who believe that we must come to some accommodation with these people will very shortly realise hoe they have misread this situation."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, reshuffled his Cabinet on Friday (11 March) to fill vacant posts caused by the resignation last month of the Defence Minister, Mr. Reginald Cowper, and the appointment of Transport and Power Minister, Mr. Roger Hawkins, as head of the new Ministry of Combined Operations. The post carries overall responsibility for the war effort against the guerrillas and Mr. Hawkins is answerable directly to Mr. Smith.
SYNOPSIS: The Cabinet reshuffle took place against a background of rebellion in Mr. Smith's ruling Rhodesian Front Party over the Prime Minister's move to make the country a non-racial state.
The one new Cabinet appointment is government backbencher, Mr. Archie Wilson, who takes over from Mr. Hawkins as Minister of Transport and Power. Both men have long been close supporters of Mr. Smith. Another strong supporter of Mr. Smith is new Minister of Education, Mr. Dennis Walker, previously the deputy Minister of Internal Affairs. It was these men who rallied to Mr. Smith when he narrowly won a Parliamentary vote on his multi-racial plans opposed by party rebels.
The appointment of Mr. Hawkins to the new Ministry of Combined Operations was regarded as the most significant development. The Ministers of Defence, Law and Order and Internal Affairs will all be directly responsible to him. After his appointment, he spoke to reporters.