SOUTH AFRICA: The Prime Minister's Secretary

"The natives are laughing at us," moaned a member of South Africa's lily-white Nationalist Party last week. Reason for his state of nerves: none other than Gideon Andrew Keyser, 39, private secretary to Johannes Gerhardus Strydom, Prime Minister of South Africa, had just been convicted of making a pass at a 16-year-old African girl.

To the flaming apostles of apartheid in the Nationalist Party, the Keyser case was terribly embarrassing. All concerned did their best to avoid the public eye. The case was shunted to a remote, dark room in Pretoria magistrate's...

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