South Africa

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 12th February 1990.

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Photo of Mr David Steel Mr David Steel , Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale 3:30 pm, 12th February 1990

Does the Minister accept that yesterday some of us were simply appalled when we found that the first words that the Prime Minister could bring herself to utter on the momentous release of Nelson Mandela were about increasing British investment in South Africa? Will he try to get her to understand that the best way to secure British investment in South Africa is to pay more attention in future to the views of the ANC and other movements that are pressing for the future of democracy in that country? While President de Klerk is, of course, to be congratulated on the brave steps that he has taken, does the Minister accept that South Africa cannot be treated as a normal state until the legal entrenchment of apartheid is lifted?