South African Prime Minister P.W. Botha has won an overwhelming vote of confidence at a crucial meeting of his ruling National Party called to decide control of the dominant Transvaal branch.
SV Dr. Andries Treurnicht arrives at Jan Smuts airport, greeted by supporters.
SV Dr. Treurnicht presented with flower and carried through crowd. (2 SHOTS)
GV/SV Pretoria: Demonstrators outside meeting of Transvaal Party organisers and politicians. (4 SHOTS)
SV Arrival of Pik Botha.
SV Crowd outside meeting.
SV Arrival of Dr. Treurnicht.
SV Arrival of Prime Minister, P. W. Botha.
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Background: South African Prime Minister P.W. Botha has won an overwhelming vote of confidence at a crucial meeting of his ruling National Party called to decide control of the dominant Transvaal branch. The meeting in Pretoria was called by the rebel Cabinet minister and Transvaal party leader, Andries Treurnicht. He, with another 21 Nationalist members of parliament, had voted against Mr. Botha in a confidence motion at a caucus meeting two days earlier. The vote sparked the most serious division within the government since the National Party came to power in 1948. But Dr. Treurnicht has been temporarily suspended from his position as Transvaal party leader. He is strongly opposed to the reform policies proposed by Mr. Botha. These include the granting of political rights to colourods - people of mixed race and Asians.