South African Prime Minister John Vorster gave an international press conference on Tuesday (March 30) -- the first since he became Premier five years ago.
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GV Conference building and Vorster arriving (2 shots)
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TRANSCRIPT: PRIME MINISTER JOHN VORSTER (SEQ. 3): "South Africa certainly does not require arms for any other purpose than to defend South Africa against Communist aggression. We don't need arms and we have no hunger for arms as the Minister of Defence so aptly put it. We don't need arms to fight any state, neighbouring or otherwise, in Africa at all. And we certainly don't ask for and we certainly don't need arms to further Apartheid as ti is called, or to act against black people either in our midst or against black people of neighbouring countries."
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Background: South African Prime Minister John Vorster gave an international press conference on Tuesday (March 30) -- the first since he became Premier five years ago.
The black-white issues in Africa were, predictably, the focus of his conference. Mr. Vorster announced that his Government would send out formal invitations to leaders of certain black states to visit South Africa for talks aimed at easing racial tension on the continent. The first arrival, he said, would be the President of Malawi, Dr. Hastings Banda, who would be coming to South Africa on a state visit later this year.
Other topics included plans to develop the national Bantu homelands within South Africa; the presence of South African police in Rhodesia, the role of the Church in the country; South Africa's position in international sport; and, of course, the controversial "arms for South Africa" issue. It is this last subject "VISNEWS" have chosen for this film, showing Mr. Vorster speaking at the conference.