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FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 50 YEARS AGO

The grant­ing by the Gov­ern­ment of a 25-year lease on 1 200 acres of rich sugar cane­grow­ing land in Zu­l­u­land to a wealthy Na­tion­al­ist, Mr. J.W. Bell, was re­ferred to in the Se­nate this week as “hav­ing the mak­ings of a first-class scan­dal”. The mat­ter was raised by Se­na­tor Rad­clyffe Cad­man. He re­ferred to the speech by Min­is­ter of Posts and Tele­graphs, Mr. “Basie” van Rens­burg, in which the Min­is­ter replied to ru­mours that Na­tion­al­ist Cabi­net Min­is­ters were us­ing their high of­fice to en­rich them­selves. “We have all heard the sto­ries,” said Cad­man. “We have heard the whis­pers con­cern­ing di­a­mond con­ces­sions. We have heard the whis­pers con­cern­ing fish­ing con­ces­sions.” — June 23 1968 FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 25 YEARS AGO

AWB mem­bers yes­ter­day de­fi­antly taunted the gov­ern­ment to “ar­rest us if you dare” while po­lice­men scanned videos of the rightwingers’ at­tack on the World Trade Cen­tre on Fri­day. Thirty-six hours af­ter seizing con­trol of the home of the multi-party talks, none of the hun­dreds of heav­ily armed men who as­saulted ne­go­tia­tors, uri­nated on the floor and forced cabi­net min­is­ters to cower be­hind closed doors had been ar­rested. De­spite prom­ises by Pres­i­dent FW de Klerk that ar­rests would be made, by late last night, the SAP had only is­sued pho­to­graphs of five rightwingers sus­pected of pub­lic vi­o­lence — a se­ri­ous of­fence which car­ries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. — June 27 1993

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