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    In South Africa Zulu Chief Gatsha Buthelezi has urged South Africa's 16 million blacks not to use violence to bring about change in the while-ruled country.

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    GV Traditional dancers in Soweto's Jabulani Stadium (2 shots)

    GV Dancers congregate on ground in stadium

    GV & SV Dancing in progress (2 shots)

    GV Dancers chanting and shaking sticks

    SV Chief Buthelezi speaking in English (3 shots)

    GV Crowd chanting and Chief Buthelezi leading chants (2 shots)

    BUTHELEZI: "We in Inkatha know the smell of victory is in the air. We in Inkatha have not got our backs to the wall. We in Inkatha are not desperate. We in Inkatha know the future is our and we apply ourselves to its construction. We in Inkatha want to gather all the people of this land and we are joined by thousands every month as more and more join the flow of liberation because we do not climb to eminence on the bodies of dead children. We do not need the bodies of dead children to climb to eminence. We do not live by distortion and lies to white liberals in the outside world. We do not have to live on false images that are poisonous to understanding. There is emerging in the Transvaal as new black political intrigue which I think spells only disaster. An unrepresentative AZAPO, an empty-handed Motlana, a fringe group of students, a small group of journalists are all plotting and scheming to present themselves as the product of the people. Never in the history of the struggle of those who have struggled and died under the yoke of apartheid been so insulted by false claims. If this country is to grow and prosper, if it is to become a democratic republic, if it is to stand proud in Africa and the world then clandestine subterfuge must be eradicated. The position I adopt here today is the Inkatha position. I proclaim it here, I proclaim it in Africa, I proclaim it in the rest of the world."

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    Background: In South Africa Zulu Chief Gatsha Buthelezi has urged South Africa's 16 million blacks not to use violence to bring about change in the while-ruled country. He made his call in a marathon seven-hour speech at a colourful ceremony in Soweto.

    SYNOPSIS: Traditional dancers entertained the crowed of about eighteen thousand people at the Jabulani Stadium before Chief Buthelezi began his speech. The township of Soweto is the stronghold of militant movements such as the Committee of Ten and the newly-formed AZAPO, but Chief Buthelezi opposes what he calls short term suicidal tactics.

    Traditional Zulu dancers were among the performers. The five million Zulus are South Africa's largest single ethnic group, and Chief Buthelezi is their political leader. He is Chief Minister of the ZULUS'S designated homeland of Kwazulu in Eastern South Africa. The crowds and dancers were at the stadium to hear Chief Buthelezi speak in his capacity as President of the Inkatha movement, a zulu-based political and cultural association.

    Inkatha opposes apartheid, and violence. Chief Buthelezi advocated negotiations of South Africa's proposed constitutional changes.

    The Chief Buthelezi led the crowd in a call for liberty.

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