South Africa's white leaders yesterday (Monday) created history by providing full ceremonial honours for the first head of state to visit the Republic -- President Kamazu Banda of Malawi.
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Background: South Africa's white leaders yesterday (Monday) created history by providing full ceremonial honours for the first head of state to visit the Republic -- President Kamazu Banda of Malawi. South African head of state Jim Fouche greeted Dr. Banda at Pretoria -- black leader with white -- in an unprecedented lowering of the country's apartheid racial barriers.
After receiving a 21-gun salute and inspecting a guard a honour, Dr. Banda drove off for a meeting with a Prime Minister John Vorster on the first stage of his five-day visit.
SYNOPSIS: A historic moment for South Africa as Malawi's head of state President Kamazu Banda flew on Monday -- the first head of state, black or white, to visit the Republic. South African President Jim Fouche led the reception in an unprecedented lowering of the country's apartheid racial barriers. There was also a 21-gun salute...
The five day visit has been hailed as the most significant event in South Africa's search for dialogue with black African countries. Adding to the red-carpet welcome was a guard a honour formed by the state presidential detachment. Dr. Banda once worked in South Africa as a gold mine clerk, and his visit will include a meeting with a Malawi workers in Rand goldfields.
Dr. Banda looked well-pleased with his welcome, and the two leaders laughed and joked as they left.
Dr. Banda left the airport in a motorcade. Later, he was to meet South African Prime Minister John Vorster in Johannesburg -- and he received an enthusiastic reception from the crowds in the city.