On 17 September 1975, Lt.-Gen. van den Bergh and Maj.-Gen. Viljoen conducted an interview with Savimbi in Kinshasa. It had been planned that Holden Roberto should also have been present, but due to a misunderstanding he did not arrive.
Savimbi impressed the others with his judgment and insight of military matters. He explained that the rapid advances of the MPLA forces created a new and very critical situation. Whereas he had previously believed that he had enough willing, although unarmed soldiers, he now realised that his men would not be able to keep the situation under control.
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