In South Africa, Mr Pieter Botha, who is regarded as a hardline militarist, took over as Prime Minister on Thursday (28 September), from Mr John Vorster, who has retired.
EXT. GVs steps of parliament, Nationalist Members of Parliament led by Mr. Pieter Botha and wife walk to microphones (2 shots).
GV and MVs Mr Botha makes speech with crowd looking on. (4 shots.)
GVs Caucus Members singing South African national anthem. (3 shots)
PIETER BOTHA: "We must set ourselves certain goals. Firstly, the maintenance and development of orderly government. Secondly, at all times to uphold honest public administration and effective government. Thirdly, to apply a positive policy to improve the relations between our different population communities, taking into account the inalienable right of self-determination of all peoples. I believe we have enough common ground in this country to work together to make it one of the most wonderful countries in the world. We are a self-respecting country. We shall go forward in humble obedience to God, who controls the destinies of man."
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Background: In South Africa, Mr Pieter Botha, who is regarded as a hardline militarist, took over as Prime Minister on Thursday (28 September), from Mr John Vorster, who has retired. Sixty-three-year-old Mr. Botha won the leadership on two ballots in the party causes. Mr. Botha, described as a flintier personality than Mr. Vorster, becomes South Africa's eighth Prime Minister.
SYNOPSIS: The caucus of senior National Party members, who had elected Mr. Botha, came out with him onto the steps of the parliament building.
Then, the members of the caucus and the huge crowd all joined in singing the South African national anthem.
Mr. Botha, whose nickname in South Africa as "Weapons" Botha, will keep his former post as Defence Minister. Mr. Vorster is expected to become State President.