Thatcher and apartheid South Africa

24th Jul 2020

Sir, thanks to Mohamed Hassan for this timely piece. (‘By any means necessary’ The Muslim News, June 19.) May I offer a couple of corrections? To “take umbrage” means to take offence, not to take shelter. Also, I am no admirer of Margaret
Thatcher and never was; but the persistent allegation that she called or considered, Nelson Mandela a terrorist does not seem to be based on any sound evidence. Eventually, Thatcher called for his release in the interest of getting peaceful political change in South Africa.
Before that, she refused the demands of the apartheid regime that she crackdown on ANC activists in the UK and deport Joe Slovo, one of its leading figures. She also refused to supply aircraft to the South Africa apartheid government.
Yours,
Muhammad Isa Waley
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