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They took the attitude thet anyone who lived in the sarne house as a 'subversive scherning Comrnie' deserved whx they got: During my sixteen years as a spy for South Africa I rarely felt sorry for anyone. I rnusn't weaken. These people are the enernies of the coitntrjl Irve adopted. ' During the few weeks before the house-arrest order was imposed on Dick Triegaardt' I became very friendly with him and often went to his house for meals. I provided the brandy - which I clained on s(petrses from Republican Iatelligence - and Dick's daughter gave me either babotief or fsh and chips, which was all they could aford.
Pushed into a corner, the South African government will throw another slice of twisted logic. It goes something like this: 'In terms of the officially stated separate development polic-y thE urban Bladss are only temporary residents in Soweto. ' , \trfhite South Africa would not survive withoqt such con, vgnient pools of cheap Black labour. Not for a month. White businesses and industries rely totally on the Blacks ' and canriot manage without thern. Soweto is South Africa's time bomb where dre clock is remorselessly ticking away against the apartheid regime.
Ofiiisethat his nme would nocbepublishedinthe paper. If 'he disclosed that he had been approached hioogg f silbmitted a report to H. |. van den Bergh waming him that fic man was a bad risk. But if the man claimed not to know about anyone being asked to spy he was clearly tnrstwonhy and HJ would give hi4 clearance for positive recruianent. Withto six moaths of vetting Blacks in this way H| gave me an qrchrsive interrriery in whictr he deniedaying to recnrit Blacks as s€cret agents. The story appeaed as a $Bhsh front-pager under, the headline lSA Spy Rings?