Various shots of General Jan Smuts interviewed by John Parsons at Northolt, he confirms South Africa will not be leaving the Commonwealth.
Northolt, Greater London
LS Towards, Field Marshal Jan Smuts, the ex-premier of South Africa and leader of the United Party of South Africa, surrounded by pressmen, is led by Pathe reporter John Parsons across the aerodrome at RAF Northolt. John Parsons interviews him. "Sir, will you tell us please whether you consider the result of the election will have any adverse effect on South Africa's relations with this country?" Smuts replies: "No, no, not for a moment". MS John Parsons asks "You are not at all worried it. In view of the small majority gain by the Nationalist Party, Sir, do you anticipate another election quite soon?" Smuts replies: "Well, its difficult to say. Its difficult to say. Its not a very satisfactory result from the Government point of view but nobody can say whether it will lead to an early election or not. Time only can show. Wait and see." MS Parsons and Smuts. Smuts says: "Go to bed and sleep safe. Nothing can happen to the Commonwealth". Parsons asks him about his visit to Britain and to Cambridge. Various shots of him being interviewed by John Parsons. MS Parsons ask if South Africa will now leave the Commonwealth. Smuts replies: "Not for a moment, not for a moment." CU. Pan Smuts shaking hands with RAF types. LS. Smuts arriving in Rolls Royce car. MS Smuts stepping from car. MS He is greeted by an official. CU. Smuts, hatless, smiling. Various shots of Smuts' plane with one wheel bogged down and ground crew trying to dig the wheel free. CU Smuts chatting to reporters. (3 shots). LS Back view of Smuts facing a line of press photographers. LS Smuts with woman (possibly his wife) and Parsons walk into RAF Transport Command. CU Smuts chatting.