The Organisation of African Unity is looking for ways to increase its pressure on South Africa.
GV EXTERIOR: Conference hall in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
SV: People in red head scarfs holding anti-apartheid, pro-OAU banner outside hall
SV INTERIOR: Tanzanian delegation including President Julius Nyerere
CU: SWAPO leaders Sem Nujoma speaking in English
NUJOMA: "I will cite a few examples of encounters with the enemy. On the 18th of April, nearly half of Namibia was in darlmess as a result of SWAPO sabotage units' actions, which paralysed the Ruacana electric power scheme in the north western part of Namibia. On May 4th, as revenge for the Cassinga massacre, our guerrilla fighters attacked Ondangwa military airport, destroying and inflicting some fatalities on enemy forces. The latest encounter was on 7th June, when the enemy fell into our ambush and its two companies were wiped out, although racist South Africa considered it losing only 16 men, Furthermore, our forces also shot down 12 enemy planes and three helicopters. The wreckage of these planes are being gathered for a big exhibition on August 20th, Namibia Day. Mr. Chairman, as a result of these victories, the demoralised enemy has restored to uprovoled and naked armed aggression against the neighbouring countries of Angola and Zambia."
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Background: The Organisation of African Unity is looking for ways to increase its pressure on South Africa. Mr. Robert Mugabe, attending his first O.A.U. Summit conference since becoming Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, called for more practical help for black guerrillas planning to overthrow the South African Government. "Now that we have only South Africa and Namibia to rid of colonialism", Mr. Mugabe said, "Zimbabwe wishes to propose that a definite programme of supportive action be worked out at this conference."
SYNOPSIS: Like all O.A.U. conferences, this one, which opened on Tuesday (1 July) at Freetown in Sierra Leone, is deeply involved in the struggle against apartheid inside South Africa. But South African forays into Namibia and Angola are also casing at concern. Mr. Sam Nujoma told members how his organisation, SWAPO (the South West African People's Organisation) was meeting the challenge: