The Coetzee Plot: Curb special units, UK insists
Britain, the closest to Pretoria among the Permanent Five on the Security Council, has already insisted privately to President F W de Klerk that he must use the information to crack down on the uncontrolled elements within the intelligence and special forces, who are blocking the road to reform. One informed source says John Major has hammered home this point to the President in an exchange of 17 faxes between Downing Street and Pretoria since the disclosure of the plot.
Nelson Mandela, the ANC president, had planned to ask the Security Council today to send a special envoy, possibly Cyrus Vance, to report on the political violence, and for UN monitors to be sent in after that. Britain, however, has been desperate to prevent any intervention by the UN or other bodies which President de Klerk does not want.
The meeting will also be attended by Pik Botha, South Africa's Foreign Minister; Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Inkatha leader, and nine African foreign ministers. Britain has dissuaded the Africans from presenting a resolution condemning the South African government.
The British view is that Mr de Klerk has been effectively blackmailed into delaying reforms by elements in the special forces, who fear a 'Nuremberg' trial after a transition to black majority rule. The special forces form a self- armed, self-financing group after years of cover companies erected during the sanctions against South Africa. Mr de Klerk has been powerless to control them. It is now hoped the revelations may give him support in cracking down on the uncontrolled elements - who, apart from trying to eliminate former colleagues like Dirk Coetzee and others they regard as traitors, also instigate mayhem in the townships to put obstacles on the way to reform.
Mr Mandela said before flying to New York that the need for international intervention was an indictment of the government: 'It is regrettable that we as South African leaders should not be able to find a solution and should have to invite the international community to look into our problems.'
peopleContenders for Time magazine's Person of the Year are a mixture of the good, the bad and the holy
newsAs the world remembers Mandela the hero, the prison where he spent 27 years seems all the more brutal
tvSteven Moffat reveals the actor was dying to take on the role of the Time Lord and says he is excited to see what he will do with the character
sportBayern Munich 2 Manchester City 3: City come from two down to beat reigning European Champions
arts + ents... and a chance to paint Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel
danceUnder Tamara Rojo's inspired direction, it seems possible that it could challenge the dominance of the Royal Ballet. We meet some established names and rising stars
travelDiscover Uruguay's jet-set beach resort, an Atlantic enclave with plenty of art and culture to explore on the side
The ten coldest places on Earth
Sir Ian McKellen hits back at Damian Lewis' 'fruity actor' claims
Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
Krokodil in Mexico? Teenager hospitalised after 'injecting drug into her genitals'
Nelson Mandela memorial: Cheers, jeers and a masterclass from Barack Obama that stole the show
- 1 Mountain goats' miraculous escape from avalanche captured in dramatic video footage
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Sir Ian McKellen hits back at Damian Lewis' 'fruity actor' claims
- 4 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial
- < Previous
- Next >
attractive: Citifocus: Highly prestigious Investment Management house based in...
£46,000 plus car and benefits: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recrui...
£50000 Per Annum dependent on experience: The Green Recruitment Company: The G...
£60k: Charter Selection: Prestigious ultra high end fit out and refurbishment ...