• Short Summary

    THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION IN SOUTH AFRICA ON MARCH 30 IS GATHERING MOMENTUM.?

  • Description


    DR VERWOERD SPEAKING AT MEYERTON CONSTITUENCY JUST OUTSIDE JOHANNESBURG, POSTERS OF THE UNITED AND PROGRESSIVE PARTIES DEFACED BY SLOGANS, AND MRS SUZMAN SPEAKING IN JOHANNESBURG.



    DR VERWOERD: "AND SO WE MUST FACE REALLY THE DANGER THAT IF COMMUNISM WAS ALLOWED TO JUMP THE WHOLE FAST TO SOUTHERN AFRICA THEN THE WEST WILL BE ENDANGERED EVER SO MUCH MORE... BECAUSE THE DANGER WOULD BE SO MUCH CLOSER. AND THE AMBITION OF CERTAIN BLACK COMMUNIST NATIONS, AND THERE ARE SIGNS TOO OF THE LARGER COMMUNISTS STATES, TO ACHIEVE IN SOUTHER AFRICA THE KIND OF MESS, CHAOS, WHICH CENTRAL AFRICA, PARTS OF WEST AFRICA, PARTS OF EAST AFRICA, HAVE FALLEN - EXTEND THAT TO SOUTHERN AFRICA WOULD BE PLAYING RIGHT IN TO THEIR VERY BOOK."



    MRS SUZMAN: "WE DO NOT PROPOSE THE HANDING OVER OF THIS COUNTRY TO PEOPLE INCAPABLE OF RUNNING IT, BUT WE DO PROPOSE SHARING THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE REACHED CERTAIN STAGES OF CIVILISATION AND WE PROPOSE OPENING ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES TO REACH THOSE STANDARDS TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON BORN WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA. THIS IS THE GREAT FUTURE FOR THIS COUNTRY, AND THIS AS I SAY I BELIEVE IS THE PART WHICH WE SIMPLY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE SINCE IT IS IN KEEPING WITH THE THINKING OF THE CIVILISED WORLD OF THE SECOND HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY."




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    Background: THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION IN SOUTH AFRICA ON MARCH 30 IS GATHERING MOMENTUM. AMONG SPEAKERS AT RECENT RALLIES HAVE BEEN THE PRIME MINISTER, DR H.F. VERWOERD AND ONE OF HIS STRONGEST OPPONENTS, MRS HELEN SUZMAN, THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY IN THE OLD PARLIAMENT.

    DR VERWOERD HAS BEEN CAMPAIGNING NEAR THE SOUTH AFRICAN CAPITAL, JOHANNESBURG. LAST WEEK HE VISITED THE CONSTITUENT OF MEYERTON - ONE THAT BORDERS ONTO HIS OWN CONSTITUENCY, HEILDELBURG. HE SPOKE TO A LARGE CROWD FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS. MOST OF HIS SPEECH WAS IN AFRIKAANS, BUT HE HAD THIS TO SAY IN ENGLISH:
    THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY - WHICH HAS BEEN VOIDING ITS VIEWS THROUGH MRS HELEN SUZMAN, THE PARTY'S ONLY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT SAYS IT CONSIDERS SOUTH AFRICA AS ONE MULTI-RACIAL STATE AND ALL ITS CITIZENS AS EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW. PROGRESSIVE POLICY, STATES THE PUBLICITY MATERIAL, MEANS EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL, AND RIGHTS ON THE BASIS OF MERIT, NOT COLOUR."
    THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN NOMINATED

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8N3ATN5KDBO7UD25BEG5771ZV
    Media URN:
    VLVA8N3ATN5KDBO7UD25BEG5771ZV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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