Dr. Kamuzu Banda -- President for life of Malawi -- has told his parliament that?
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): BANDA: I shall be going to South Africa on a state visit, next month, August 1971. In going there I shall not go there by the method, or in the manner, of Nicodemus. I shall go there in the open, in the broad daylight, for all to see, for all to hear and for all to note. I know, I know Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, that I'll be severely criticised, even condemned, for going there, but I'm going. The House knows I'm indifferent, totally indifferent to all that. Mr. Speaker, Sir, Honourable Members, let others talk and argue about dialogue, let them debate the issue, let them prophesise about it. I will practise contact and dialogue. I will act contact and dialogue. I will believe contact and dialogue. I will live, Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I will live contact and dialogue and take the consequences.
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Background: Dr. Kamuzu Banda -- President for life of Malawi -- has told his parliament that he intends to travel to South Africa for top-level talks next month.
Dr. Banda told parliament on Thursday (July 2) he expected criticism and condemnation of his visit, but he intended to go in the open "for all to see, to hear and to note."
In Pretoria, South Africa Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Hilgard Muller, confirmed the Malawi leader's visit.
President Banda's state visit to South Africa will be the first to be made to the Republic by the head of state of an independent black African country.
Last month at its summit meeting in Addis Ababa, the Organisation of African Unity passed a resolution banning any of its member countries from holding a dialogue with South Africa. Malawi is a member of the O.A.U.