oa Africa Insight - Southern Africa in transition

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The following passage from the so-called Dar es Salaam Declaration neatly sums up the objectives spelled out and confirmed at the Ninth Extraordinary Session of the OAU Council of Ministers in the first half of April 1975. African objectives in Southern Africa are unchanged. They are independence for the whole country on the basis of majority rule in both Rhodesia and Namibia; and an end to apartheid and racial discrimination in South Africa. Basically that conference has served to confirm three well-known facts: � firstly, that the member states of the OAU are determined to change the power structure in South Africa; � secondly, that they know they are unable to realize the objective in the short term; and � thirdly, that the pattern of relationships between White, Black and Brown South Africans is of infinitely greater consequence than our relations with the rest of Africa.

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