South Africa: How to Lose Friends

Johannesburg's crusading editor, Laurence Gandar, 50, of the Rand Daily Mail, had been looking forward to a visit to Britain, on an invitation mailed him just the week before by an admiring British newspaper group. Then, suddenly, two of Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd's detectives changed his plans by calling at his home and relieving him of his passport — indefinitely. Joked Gandar: "For a moment, it struck me that somebody here might have been reading my mail. But I dismissed so unworthy a thought."

The detectives did not say why they had revoked the passport. But it...

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