• Short Summary

    RHODESIAN PRIME MINISTER IAN SMITH'S CONCEPT OF SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT, WHICH WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE COUNTRY IN A REFERENDUM LATER THIS YEAR, HAS SPARKED REACTION AMONG BOTH AFRICANS AND WHITES IN RHODESIA WHO OPPOSE IT.

  • Description


    SALISBURY; MEMBERS OF GOVERNMENT LEAVING BUILDING; SASHFORD SPEAKING; MUKSKLORA SPEAKING; CHIBI SPEAKING; MUKSHLORA SPEAKING.



    TRANSCRIPT: BASHFORD: WELL I SHOULD SAY THAT IT WOULD UNDERMINE THE VERY BASIS OF OUR EXISTENCE AS EUROPEANS IN THIS COUNTRY, I BELIEVED THAT IT WOULD DESTROY WHATEVER COOPERATION WE'VE BUILT UP OVER THE LAST 70 YEARS. DO YOU THINK THAT THE RACIAL FRICTION WILL EVER GO AS FAR AS AN UPRISING?



    I'M QUITE CERTAIN IT WILL.



    MR. SMITH HAD TROUBLE GETTING HIS CONSTITUTION PROPOSALS ACCEPTED BY THE PARTY CONGRESS, BUT ONLY BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE FELT THEY WEREN'T TOUGH ENOUGH. DO YOU THINK MANY WHITE VOTERS SHARE THIS VIEW, THAT THEY WANT IMMEDIATE SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT? WELL I THINK IT'S QUITE INCORRECT TO SUGGEST THAT THE RHODESIAN FRONT ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ELECTORATES IN THIS DAY AND AGE. I THINK YOU'LL FIND, IF YOU LOOK INTO IT, THAT THE RHODESIAN FRONT NO LONGER COMMANDS THE SUPPORT OF THE ELECTORATE. ALL SMITH HAS DONE, REALLY, IS BUY A LITTLE TIME TO HOLD HIS RIGHT-WINGERS AT BAY IN THE FORLORN HOPE THAT HE'LL GET A SETTLEMENT. HE IS A POLITICAL (INDISTINCT), HOPING THAT SOMETHING WILL TURN UP.



    MR. MUKSHLORA WHAT'S THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY REACTION TO THE SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT PLAN?



    MUKSHLORA: SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT AS A POLICY OF SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS IN RHODESIA, IT HAS MEAN AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DIFFERENT CITIZENS AND THEREFORE CANNOT WORK.



    MR. CHIBI WHAT WOULD YOU THINK ARE THE DANGERS OF SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT THE DANGERS OF SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT AS WE HAVE SAID HAVE (INDISTINCT) IS THAT WE WON'T HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL PEOPLE. AT THE MOMENT, (INDISTINCT) GOOD FRIEND AND I HAVE TO GO TO LAND ALLOCATED TO ME WHICH IS UNWORTHY. AND AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW THE MEN IN TRIBES ON TRUST LANDS HAVE THE SAME DESIRE. AND YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ON THAT ONE. WE HAVE THE LAND APPORTIONMENT ACT REPEALED.



    MR. MUKSHLORA DO YOU THINK THAT THIS WILL LEAD TO RACIAL FRICTION? THE IS THE MEANING OF SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW. WE WILL SOON HAVE ALL THE RACES AT EACH OTHER'S THROATS, BECAUSE OF SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT. DO YOU THINK IT WILL EVER GO AS FAR AS AN UPRISING, OR FIGHTING? I THINK SO, YES.




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    Background: RHODESIAN PRIME MINISTER IAN SMITH'S CONCEPT OF SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT, WHICH WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE COUNTRY IN A REFERENDUM LATER THIS YEAR, HAS SPARKED REACTION AMONG BOTH AFRICANS AND WHITES IN RHODESIA WHO OPPOSE IT.

    BEFORE LAST WEEK'S CONGRESS OF RHODESIA'S RULING NATIONAL FRONT AT WHICH A CONSTITUTION PROVIDING FOR SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT WAS TO BE DEBATED, MR. SMITH DENIED THAT SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT WOULD MEAN SOUTH AFRICAN-TYPE APARTHEID.

    MR. PATH BASHFORD, CHAIRMAN OF THE RECENTLY-FORMED CENTRE PARTY, WHICH STANDS FOR RACIAL PARITY AND A SETTLEMENT WITH BRITAIN OVER THE INDEPENDENCE ISSUE SAID IN AN INTERVIEW THAT SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT "WOULD UNDERMINE THE VERY BASIS OF OUR EXISTENCE AS EUROPEANS IN THIS COUNTRY." ASKED WHETHER THE RACIAL FRICTION WOULD EVER GO AS FAR AS AN UPRISING, HE REPLIED THAT HE WAS QUITE CERTAIN THAT IT WOULD.

    OPPOSITION TO MR. SMITH'S CONCEPT OF SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT WAS ALSO VOICED BY RHODESIAN AFRICANS. TWO MEMBERS OF THE AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY, MR. AGRIPPE MUKSHLORA AND MR. CHIBI, WERE INTERVIEWED. MR. MUKSHLORA SAID THAT ALL THE RACES WILL BE AT EACH OTHER'S THROATS, "BECAUSE OF SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7JRMLE2Y24X2AO59HBJZY38KP
    Media URN:
    VLVA7JRMLE2Y24X2AO59HBJZY38KP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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