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FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 50 YEARS AGO

About 300 Maori rugby en­thu­si­asts ex­pected to tour South Africa with the All Blacks in 1970 pose a ques­tion for the Gov­ern­ment. The crux is whether the “camp fol­low­ers” will be given the same “warm, tra­di­tional wel­come” promised to any Maori play­ers by the Prime Min­is­ter, Mr. Vorster. Politi­cians in New Zealand are ask­ing how Maori spec­ta­tors would be treated in South Africa. Would they be classed as non-Whites and sub­jected to apartheid? If so, the con­tro­versy might en­dan­ger the tour. Lof­tus Vers­feld in Pre­to­ria and Bloem­fontein’s Free State Sta­dium are barred to non-Whites. — Oc­to­ber 6 1968

FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 25 YEARS AGO

De­tails of one of the most bit­ter clashes in the life of vet­eran politi­cian He­len Suz­man — the row with her suc­ces­sor, DP MP Tony Leon — have been ex­cised from her mem­oirs pub­lished this week. Friends ad­vised she re­write her ac­count of the in­ci­dent in 1989 when a DP young guard de­posed her clos­est sup­port­ers in the Houghton con­stituency. “I said much harder things about the Houghton nom­i­na­tion af­fair in the man­u­script,” Mrs Suz­man said this week, “but I was ad­vised to take it out”. She said af­ter she had drafted the sec­tion, friends told her it was a “bit rough”. She had read it again and changed cer­tain parts. “There is no point in car­ry­ing on ven­det­tas,” she said. — Oc­to­ber 10 1993

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