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DURING the late 1980s millions caught up on world events by switching on BBC or ITV News. The term news is a misnomer as newsfeed was then dominated by events in apartheid South Africa.

BBC anchor-man, Michael Buerk, covered so many stories in the region I assumed he had residential status. There was never doubt that mainstream TV was singing to the same hymn sheet as was the Soviet-backed African National Council (ANC).

I recall one shocking incident in which an African teenager, suspected of being an informer by a witch-finding mob, suffered a petrol-filled tyre being placed over his head before being publicly incinerated. I felt then and now that the pitiless vigilantes were heartened by the presence of the BBC´s TV crew which filmed the unfolding horror.

During the 1960s I stayed in Cape Town and Durban. Once, lost and late at night, I wandered the shanty towns but I never felt threatened. There was an anti-British bias but this came not from Africans but from young White descendants of Dutch settlers.

The term apartheid has negative connotations but it is simply the Boer word for ´separateness´. Today, separate development is commonplace the world over. There is never media interest in the Indian caste system or apartheid practiced elsewhere. Ironically, much separateness is wisely self-imposed. The West´s current experiment in social engineering forces quite dissimilar ethnic groups together with chaos the consequence.

Television crews were often banished from South Africa for setting up fake news stories. A common trick used by television teams was to toss loose coins into public trash bins.

African kids, typical of all children, would scramble into the bins to recover the coins. This activity was filmed and the footage later captioned or narrated: ‘In Apartheid South Africa the Whites live well whilst African children feed from rubbish bins.’

Pictures of armoured vehicles were super-imposed on the backdrops to peaceful public parks. A South African correspondent writes, “My late brother, who lived in England, said BBC and ITV claim Black children are held in concentration camps. But, the pictures shown were of the children from Khayalitsha. The kids were standing at the town´s airport fence watching airliners coming and going.

Today, in African ruled South Africa, there are an estimated 450 White squatter camps scattered across the world´s most lawless nation. These luckless ethnic-European communities make up about 25% of South Africa´s White population. Are we surprised that there isn´t a British hack to be found at any of these squatter camps.

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