INTRODUCTION: South Africa has invited foreign television newsmen into Angola to film the aftermath of its operations against guerrillas in the southern part of the country.
GV Helicopter overflies military vehicle on bush road (2 shots)
GV & SV South African troops in captures town (3 shots)
SV PAN Captured weapons and ammunition (2 shots)
CU Russian & East German plates and labels (4 shots)
GV Tanks captured in fighting (3 shots)
SCU Brigadier Badenhorst speaking in English.
SV Supplies being unloaded from aircraft
SV & GV Supplies being loaded onto trucks (2 shots)
ENGLISH SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 6: HAYTON: "Brigadier, could you tell us what is the timetable for the withdrawal of your troops from Angola?"
BADENHORST: "Well we've started from Xangongo at lunchtime today. We should be finished by last light tonight, as far as Angola's concerned. We've also started to withdraw from N'Giva. It's going very slow at this stage because we are experiencing problems"
HAYTON: "What sort of problems?"
BADENHORST: "Mainly three problems. one: We are still stabilising the situation at N'giva, especially so far as the local population is concerned. Secondly we've got breakdowns to our own vehicles. Thirdly, we are, practically we are crossing a minefield south of N'Giva, and I can say we are prodding our way out of N'Giva at this stage."
REPORTER: PHILIP HAYTON
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Background: INTRODUCTION: South Africa has invited foreign television newsmen into Angola to film the aftermath of its operations against guerrillas in the southern part of the country. A British Broadcasting Corporation crew filmed army vehicles which the South Africans said were withdrawing into Namibia. They also displayed captured Soviet military equipment, and claimed to have killed several Soviet officers and taken another captive.
SYNOPSIS: Army trucks carrying South African troops headed south from the captured Angolan town of N'Giva.
Other soldiers remained in N'Giva, waiting for transport. Despite South Africa's assertion that it was pulling out, Angola said large areas of the southern province of Kunene were still occupied.
South African officers displayed captured military equipment of Soviet and East German origin. They also claimed that two lieutenant colonels were among Soviet officers killed during the operation. They identified the captured Soviet soldier as Sergeant-Major Nikolai Fyodorovich. The Soviet Union has made no comment on the allegations. A senior South African officer involved in the Angolan incursion admitted that his men were facing some problems. Brigadier Rudolph Badenhorst, who commanded the operation, spoke to the BBC's reporter, Philip Hayton, about the difficulties his troops were trying to overcome.
Medical and food supplies have been flown into the Angolan capital of Luanda from East Germany, and the Red Cross has sent an emergency team from Geneva. The international committee of the Red Cross, which specialises in caring for the victims of war, has offered emergency help to those wounded in the fighting. Angola says many people have also been made homeless and destitute because of the conflict.