UFO phone-in: callers tell of strange sights

STAR, Johannesburg, South Africa

Jan. 22, 1988

Zimbabwe featured prominnently as a place where unidentified flying objects had been sighted in the past 10 years, a Radio 702 announcer said yesterday after a phone-in programme on the topic.

Unidentified flying objects made the news yesterday following a report from the Nullarbor Plains, Australia, in which a family claimed a UFO had landed on top of their car, leaving scratch marks and ash.

They said the object was "egg-shaped and bright and glowing".

Talk of all the shapess - oblong, rectangles, and triangles - came up in the conversation with local callers, announcer Stan Katz told The Star last night.

He was convinced they were not cranks.

"One report from a game warden at Pilanesberg National Park was consistent with a report by an ex-Zimbabwean. The UFO was described as being the size of a double-story building", he said.

Mr. Katz added that many of the UFOs seen were reported to have been flying close to earth, silently, and leaving burn marks where they touched down. down. One caller spoke of a whole mealie field being blown away, while another spoke of the tops of gum trees being chopped. Both callers said they had seen the UFOs north of the Limpopo River.