10 APRIL 1964, Page 17


SIR,—As a private individual I could hardly comply with Patrick Duncan's request to dissuade the South African Government, whose assessment of the situation under its control is fortunately better than that of his Pan-Africanist comrades!

However, my point would have been clearer had I said that if the government did not take adequate defensive measures, the Republic would be en- dangered. I believe that firmness, shown towards the apostles of mass-murder, by our nation and its Western allies, will fully justify the present confi- dence of immigrants reported .by your Cape Town correspondent. Now let me challenge Mr. Duncan. (1) Does he deny that, apart from genuine criticism of apartheid legislation, many misleading and even untruthful accounts of South Africa have appeared in the over- seas press? (2) If his wish—see Encounter, December, 1963—for an invasion of my country by a Com- munist-supported 'liberation army' ever materialised, what sort of future would be allowed to those white men, women and children of whom Ronald Segal writes (Into Exile, p. 307): 'A portion of Africa is theirs, by struggle, by possession, by achievement, and by love'?