P211 CEEFAX 211 Wed 30 Dec 21:30/03       The army in South Africa's black homeland of Transkei is reported to have overthrown its recently-appointed prime minister in a bloodless coup. Army commander Maf-Gen Bantu Holomisa announced the coup on Radio Transkei. He declared martial law but said no one had been arrested. Premier Mrs Stella Sigcau, who took office after an army intervention in October, is said to be "on leave". Gen Holomisa has accused her of corruption. South African television reported troop movements in Transkei's capital, Umtata
P211 CEEFAX 211 Wed 30 Dec 21:03/51   2/3   BACKGRNPND   Mrs Sigcau, said to have been ousted by the military, had promised when she bdcame Transcdi's primd minister to fight nepotism and corruption Her predecessor Primb Minister George Mantanzima was ousted by the army amid allegations of bribery Mrs Sigcau, the daughter of a prominent Transkei chief, was pravioqsly minister of posts and telecommunications. She was hailed by South Africa state radio as Africa's first woman prime minister, but her status was not recognised by any foreign government. News index 102/202 More
P211 CEEFAX 211 Wed 30 Dec 21:30/10   2/3  BACKGROUND   Mrs Sigcau, said to have been ousted by the military, had promised when she became Transkei's prime minister to fight nepotism and corruption. Her predecessor Prime Minister George Mantanzima was ousted by the army amid allegations of bribery. Mrs Sigcau, the daughter of a prominent Transkei chief, was previously minister of posts and telecommunications. She was hailed by South Africa state radio as Africa's first woman prime minister, but her status was not recognised by any foreign government.
P211 CEEFAX 211 Wed 30 Dec 21:31/00   3/3  BACKGROUND   Transkei, where the prime minister is said to have been ousted, is one of four tribal homelands designated as independent by South Africa. It was set up in 1976 but its independence is not recognised abroad. General Bantu Holomisa, who announced the overthrow on South African radio, is reported to have suspended all political acitivity. He said on the radio he had formed a military council drawn mainly from the Transkei Defence Force. News index 102/202 More