When the BBC asked me back in the mid-Seventies to leave the United States and open a television news bureau in South Africa, I knew exactly what I would not do. I would not become one of those ghastly privileged whites who expressed their disgust for apartheid but enjoyed its benefits. I would not, for a start, have black servants. My resolve lasted roughly 24 hours. On my first day there, I set about cutting the overgrown grass in front of my house. Within 30 seconds I was surrounded by half a dozen young black men. ‘Let me do that, boss,’ they were shouting over the noise of the mower. ‘You shouldn’t be doing that!’ And of course they were right. I shouldn’t. They needed the money. That was the last time I tried to cut my own grass. And then there was Caroline. She’d been working for my old friend John Simpson, who asked me to take her in when he returned to London. I could have preserved my self-conferred status as a good liberal who was damned if he’d exploit a poor black women. But then Caroline would have had to leave Johannesburg for her so-called ‘homeland’ where she… Read full this story
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