Verwoerd displays the Apartheid white mentality in 1960. Racism that air brushes from existance the indigenous African people. Never forget this.

Plain words to South Africa

This report of Macmillan’s speech to the South African parliament
appeared in the Guardian on February 4 1960

Mr Macmillan’s speech to the South African Parliament here today, in
which he unexpectedly went out of his way to emphasise the differences
between British and South African policies in Africa, is hailed
locally as a political event of considerable significance to the

The speech, which was broadcast, clearly took Dr Verwoerd by surprise,
and when the Union Premier stood up to thank Mr Macmillan, he appeared
less confident and assertive than he usually is. In nationalist
quarters, hope had been expressed that Mr Macmillan would say
something which could be interpreted as indicating that the Union’s
position in the Commonwealth would be unaffected by a change in her
Constitution to a republic.

Instead they got a blunt admission that there were radical differences
between British and Union race policies in Africa, and a declaration
that Britain had faith in her own viewpoint and proposed to stick to

The passage in Mr Macmillan’s speech that has created the greatest
impression among parliamentarians is: “As a fellow member of the
Commonwealth we have always tried to give South Africa our support and
encouragement, but I hope you will not mind my saying frankly that
there are some aspects of your policies which make it impossible for
us to do this without being false to our own deep convictions about
the political destinies of free men to which, in our territories, we
are trying to give effect.”

A sense of drama

There was a sense of drama – the drama of two Commonwealth Premiers
differing on the same platform in public when Dr Verwoerd said: “On an
occasion like this, when we can be perfectly frank, we can say we
differ from you. There may be very great dangers inherent in that the
very objects for which you are aiming may be defeated.”

The speeches of both Mr Macmillan and Dr Verwoerd are published
verbatim in all the afternoon newspapers. The South African press also
publishes strong criticisms from Britain of the Macmillan tour of the
Union on the score that he has been too confined and has not been
permitted to meet with African, Indian and Coloured leaders. Today he
had private talks with Opposition leaders in parliament, including Sir
de Villiers Graaff (United party), Dr Jan Steytler (Progressive), and
yesterday he met Mrs Margaret Ballinger (Liberal).

Justice also for whites: Dr Verwoerd’s reply

In his short speech proposing a vote of thanks to Mr Macmillan, Dr
Verwoerd, the South African Premier, said: “I am pleased you were
frank. We are people who are capable of listening with great pleasure
to what other people have to say to us, even if we differ.” Justice
had to be done to all. There must not only be justice to the black man
in Africa, but also to the white man,” he said amid applause. “We see
ourselves as part of the Western world – a true white state in
Southern Africa, with a possibility of granting a full future to the
black man in our midst.”

Mr Macmillan’s visit showed that “you wish to be our friend as we wish
to be yours”. It showed that there existed now, and would continue to
exist, the best friendship and cooperation on those things such as the
economic field, where the two countries could operate.

“Major objectives” endorsed

Dr Verwoerd added: “I do not find fault with the major objects you
have in view. South Africa has the same objects – peace, to which you
have made a very considerable contribution and for which I also wish
to thank you today, and the survival of Western ideas of civilisation.
You have thrown in your weight on the side of the Western nations – we
are with you there.”

Dr Verwoerd said: “We are whites but we are in Africa. We believe that
places on us a special duty. I assure you that in the Christian
philosophy, which you endorse, we find a philosophy which we must