SOUTH AFRICA: Well, Here I Am

Prime Minister Daniel Malan waddled to a platform in Pretoria last week and delivered a two-hour campaign speech. Although he is rheumatic and turning 79 next month, the old man had plenty of stamina. A few days earlier a London paper had mistakenly reported him dying. Said Malan: "My opponents wish me dead. [The opposition] says I am too old to address a meeting standing on my feet. Well, here I am." Amid the frenzied cheers of his Boer supporters, he added: "I promise to retire before I am 100."

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