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    South African Prime Minster P.W. Botha held talks with his Portuguese counterpart, Mario Soares, in Lisbon on May 29 at the start of his two-day visit.

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    PORTUGAL: MAY 30: (RDP):
    1. GVs South African Foreign Minister "Pik" Botha and Prime Minister P.W. Botha with Portuguese ministers (2 shots) 1.14
    2. GV "Pik" Botha and P.W. Botha leave, shake hands 0.31
    3. GV Students assembled on Witwatersrand University campus listening to speeches 0.36
    4. GV & SV Helen Joseph speaking (SOT) (2 shots) 1.42
    5. GVs & SVs Students protest on campus, marching with banners and chanting, as security guards look on (8 shots) 2.32
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FOUR): HELEN JOSEPH: "It gives me great joy to know that you are standing up against the evils of Bantu education which have been going on far too long, and nothing is done about them. And I just wish that Botha's ugly face was here. I think he's in such a mess now, he and Maggie. They don't know where to have their lunch, and I think the only thing for them to do is to go up in a balloon and have a picnic, and I hope the bloody food chokes them. But it is a disgrace to South Africa, a disgrace to our country, our country, that Botha should be on his way, on this tour all over Europe, and lunching here, there and everywhere while hundreds and thousands of children are still undernourished, are still homeless, foodless, because of the policy of this government."

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    South African Prime Minster P.W. Botha held talks with his Portuguese counterpart, Mario Soares, in Lisbon on May 29 at the start of his two-day visit. Their discussions centred on South Africa's relations with Portugal's former colonies. Angola and Mozambique. At a news conference the following day, Botha described his meetings with Portuguese leaders as friendly, candid and open. He said that he and hs foreign minister, "Pik" Botha, had not come to Europe to listen to calls for a reform of his country's apartheid policy and would ignore all demonstrations. No protests were held in Portugal during the first leg of the eight-nation tour, but massive protests were expected in other countries, especially in Britain. Botha said South African troops had virtually withdrawn from Angola as promised in a recent treaty with Luanda. But, he warned, south African forces would not leave Namibia (South West Africa) until Cuban troops withdrew from Angola. Regarding Mozambique, Soares said he and Botha had discussed possible joint development projects, following the recent peace treaty between Maputo and Pretoria. Soares has accepted Premier Botha's invitation to visit South Africa at a date to be announced. In South Africa, about 1,500 students of all races boycotted classes at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg on May 30 to demonstrate against the country's racially-divided education system. The demonstration was peaceful, and police kept a low profile as students listened to speeches in the university's main square before marching round the campus. Student leaders condemned the unequal share of resources devoted to black schools. Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Helen Joseph told the crowd that the prime minister's current European tour was a disgrace. Referring to Botha's forthcoming meeting with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she said the only place they could escape from demonstrations in London is in a balloon.

    Source: BBC/RDP

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