1 JANUARY 1965, Page 14

Torture and South Africa

SIR,—It would appear from his letter (December 18) that Provincial Editor' has little or no first-hand knowledge of South Africa. Surely it is just as wrong to champion as to throw mud from 6,000 miles unless one has the knowledge to interpret facts correctly. Most of his assertions are ably refuted by the contents of the letter in the same issue from G. F. Davies—himself a South African. I personally have recently returned from a two-and-a-half-year tour of business duty in Cape Town where on looking for accommodation, one of the first people I met was a German Jew who was giving up his flat and leaving the country because he was scared of the similarity between conditions there and those which existed in Germany under the Nazis. The parallel cannot lightly be dismissed as nonsense.

My wife and I have spent most of our life in foreign countries but never have we found a general atmosphere which was so uncomfortable as that which exists in South Africa today. One must admit that there is a terrible problem there but the Nationalists' attitude towards it is inhurrian and anachronistic and can only result in more unhap- piness for what G. F. Davies so aptly calls 'that beautiful but sad land.'

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