NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 10, 1978
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(Studio) South Africa's grant of independence to area known as South-West Africa, or Namibia, and Progress in area's move toward complete independence by end of 1978 reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Windhoek, South-West Africa) History of area now known as South-West Africa, settled by Germans whose control was brought to end by fall of Kaiser at end of World War I when South Africa became trustee of area, outlined; race relations described and recent changes noted. Mineral wealth of land also cited. Details stated with regard to guerrilla war going on along border with Angola and involvement of South-West Africa People's Org. (SWAPO) in this fight. SWAPO's activities in open in capital city of Windnoek noted. [SWAPO official Daniel TJONGARERO - cites reasons South African army must go before group will participate in elections in Namibia.] View of some that South African army shouldn't leave yet noted, include that of SWAPO founder Nburumba Kerina who now disavows organization [KERINA - thinks SWAPO has become pawn of USSR and Cuba, and Namibians don't want to be black Russians or African Cubans.] Outlook for new nation, if it can avoid civil war, described.
REPORTER: Tom Ackerman
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