The referendum in which white Rhodesians have voted for black majority rule has been criticised by Britain, the United States and leaders of the Patriotic Front guerrilla movement.
MV African looking at headline of "The Herald" newspaper reading "Massive YES in referendum"
MV Africans walking in street market
CU African eating corn cob
CU Numbers being chalked up on board PULL OUT TO GV board showing electoral wards with results against same
CU Mr. Smith looking at board with question being asked
CU Smith and returning officer looking at papers
CU Smith listening to and answering question
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REPORTER: "How does it look to you Mr. Smith?"
SMITH: "Well it seems a bit better than I expected. My prediction was seventy to seventy-five percent, but as you can see most of them over eighty percent."
REPORTER: "This effectively means the end of the end of white rule in Rhodesia. What dies that mean to you?"
SMITH: "We reconciled ourselves to that long. We made that decision in September, 1976. It was a traumatic decision. I think that most thinking Rhodesians accepted that once that decision was made there was no going back."
REPORTER: "No sadness tonight?"
SMITH: "OH I'm still very pleased with the Rhodesian people. This nation keeps its sanity and its cool, despite the fact that the.......rest of the world around it seems to have lost its head."
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Background: The referendum in which white Rhodesians have voted for black majority rule has been criticised by Britain, the United States and leaders of the Patriotic Front guerrilla movement. The United States said that the referendum ignored the views of the black majority and the need for a negotiated settlement with black guerrillas.
SYNOPSIS: Black Rhodesians awoke on Wednesday (31 January) to fine that the country's ninety thousand whites had voted overwhelmingly to accept black majority rule. The black Rhodesians who were excluded from the referendum will have their chance to vote on the future of the country at the planned one-man, one-vote elections in April. Of the sixty-seven thousand whites who voted, fifty-seven thousand voted yes, while about ten thousand said no.
Following the referendum, the party of one of the three black leaders in Rhodesia's interim government, Bishop Abel Muzorewa demanded that Prime Minister Smith withdraw from office after the April elections.