Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Did Margaret Thatcher Support Apartheid?

FACT:  Actually she didn't support Apartheid. On the other hand she didn't support the ANC's methods either.  Incidentally, her argument against sanctions was that since the vast majority of people in SA are black, and since sanctions always hurt the poorest first, any sanctions would hurt the black population far more than the whites. Or possibly not hurt the whites at all.

"Although she was always a steadfast critic of apartheid, she had a much better grasp of the complexities and geostrategic realities of South Africa than many of her contemporaries," he said. "She consistently, and correctly, believed that much more could be achieved through constructive engagement with the South African government than through draconian sanctions and isolation. She also understood the need to consider the concerns and aspirations of all South Africans in their search for constitutional consensus."
"For this reason she was able to play a positive role in supporting our own process of non-racial constitutional transformation in South Africa. From my first meeting with her in London after my election as leader of the National party in 1989 and throughout the rest of her tenure as prime minister, she gave strong and valued to support to me and to all other leaders who were working for a peaceful, prosperous, and constitutional future for South Africa."
Frederik Willem de Klerk (born 18 March 1936), often known as F. W. de Klerk, the seventh and last State President of apartheid-era South Africa,