A South West African Executive Councillor, Mr. Dirk Mudge, has said the constitutional problem with?
GV Mr. Dirk Mudge, executive of SWAPO, speaking
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 1): MUDGE: "For the purpose of this interview let's talk about discrimination - this racial discrimination. We are working, we are moving towards the doing away or abandoning of white discrimination, as far as possible without running the risk of friction or force. You can't change a way of living overnight, it's impossible. We've been doing away with racial discrimination gradually. But it's more complicated than you think. It's not only a question of removing a sign, it's the question of spacing buildings, it's a question of consulting people -- you've got the different groups and I even think this is one of the things that can be discussed at this conference. We are not going to wait for this we are going ahead, but certain matters as for instance influx control will have to be discussed because we are not the only people that will be affected by it. And I again stress that it's for all the inhabitants of South West Africa to decide, not for the Whites alone. These people, most of them, considered me as a friend, not an enemy, because they know me.
And there's no ill-feeling between us. If people from outside would just keep out of it, stop indoctrinating and influencing people to fight for freedom, it's not necessary. I think it can be done in a peaceful way. Whatever people may think, I am going to prove it very soon."
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Background: A South West African Executive Councillor, Mr. Dirk Mudge, has said the constitutional problem with South Africa, which now rules the territory "illegally", can be solved peacefully and he'd "prove it very soon".
Mr. Mudge said in an interview on Friday (30 May) in Windhoek that it was not necessary to use force. And he discredited what he called "people from the outside" for indoctrinating and influencing the people to fight for freedom.
He also claimed that they had been doing away with racial discrimination gradually.
Mr. Mudge is one of the two SWA Executive Councillors appointed to negotiate with the leaders of all national groups in the territory on the proposed round-table conference on the territory's future.
He has said he was confident that such a conference would be held sooner than expected, even if the Damaras -- the second biggest tribal community -- had asked for international supervision at the talks.