Israel a handy alibi for SA’s poor foreign policy

28 March 2021 - 00:00

In 1977, when apartheid was at its zenith and Johannesburg still had a booming city centre, I helped organise a conference at a five-star establishment, the President Hotel, where, as a first-year university student, I was hugely impressed by the passion and profundity of our keynote speaker, the 46-year-old firebrand secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches, one Desmond Tutu.

His doom-laden warnings to the ancien régime were laced with humour, advising: “I often wonder what the white parliament would talk about if there were no blacks in South Africa.”..

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