Few S. African tears for ‘Iron Lady’

(GIN)—While the public service record of Baroness Margaret Thatcher is praised to the skies in most western news accounts, the former U.K. Prime Minister was recalled more critically among many South Africans.
For starters, the British Prime Minister, known as the Iron Lady, was a warm friend of South African dictator PW Botha who was welcomed by her in 1984. With this, Botha became the first leader of the Apartheid regime accorded the privilege of a state visit to U.K. since 1961—the year South Africa left the Commonwealth over their refusal to end White minority rule.
She also labeled Nelson Mandela and those opposed to White minority rule “terrorists.”

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