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    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

    P.W. Botha, South Africa's Prime Minister for the past six years, became the country's first Executive State President on September 14, under a new constitution introduced by his ruling National Party.

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    1. GV Parade. 0.07
    2. GV Troop carriers moving through street. 0.14
    3. SV Band playing. 0.20
    4. GV & SCU Crowd listening to woman singing. (2 SHOTS) 0.32
    5. SV Botha is sworn in as Executive State President. 0.38
    6. GV Naval personnel firing gun salute. 0.43
    7. SV Botha looks on. 0.47
    8. GV Jet aircraft flying overhead. 0.53
    9. GV Crowd listens as Botha speaks. (SOT) 1.12
    TRANSCRIPT:
    BOTHA: (SEQ 9) "We shall weigh such advice carefully but in the final analysis we shall act as our own conscience dictates because we, and not they, will be answerable to history for the consequences of our actions."
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    Background: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

    P.W. Botha, South Africa's Prime Minister for the past six years, became the country's first Executive State President on September 14, under a new constitution introduced by his ruling National Party. Botha, sixty-eight years old, was Prime Minister in the previous all-white parliament, while Marais Viljoen held the largely ceremonial post of President and Head of State. There will be no Prime Minister under the controversial new system with a three-chamber parliament dominated by a white house and two subordinate assemblies for Indian and Coloured (mixed race) people. The black majority in the country is excluded. Mr. Botha spoke to an audience at an open-air ceremony below Table Mountain - the landmark which greeted South Africa's first white settlers in the seventeenth century. He told the crowds that the Government was urgently trying to find political mechanisms acceptable to blacks in South Africa and in the tribal homelands, where many of them have been forcibly removed. But, he emphasised, the country and Government would act as their conscience dictated because they would be answerable for the consequences. After his inauguration speech the new President watched with the crowds while a parade of armoured cars drove past and air force jets flew overhead. The ceremony was marked by a twenty-one gun salute.

    Source: SABC

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC0PPMLN818F2QMLS1QQQ6X29O
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0PPMLN818F2QMLS1QQQ6X29O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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