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What could, or should, the ANC have done?

MANY years ago, when he was shadow foreign secretary, Dennis Healey was faced with this question from journalists on a visit to South Africa: how could he justify talking to the ANC if he rejected the IRA?

The reply was typically brief and to the point: "Because the IRA represent a minority of the population and they have the vote. The ANC represent the majority of the population and they are deprived of the vote."

What other tactics could – and should – the ANC have adopted in the 1960s and 1970s?

Should we consider those who tried to murder Hitler in 1944 to be similarly beyond the pale?

NED HOLT

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