Brexit will see Britain reinvest its relationship with South Africa
WARREN THOMPSON: Today I have the privilege of interviewing Nigel Casey, the British high commissioner in South Africa who has been named. It is very good that I accompany you here in Pretoria, Nigel.
NIGEL CASEY: Thank you, it’s good to be with you.
WARREN THOMPSON: As I understand it, we talked a bit before recording the way it served in South Africa on behalf of your government in the 90’s that you came and that are a few months, would be very interested to start with your Vision of the country in the 90’s when he arrived, and he returns to his second visit, how does he change and how does he look otherwise as a stranger?
NIGEL CASEY: In some obvious ways, it is a very changed country, almost a different country than I arrived in June 1993. The most obvious is the public face of South Africa completely changed all the type that checks your passport in the way Than the president. I know people are frustrated with the pace of change, especially in the economy, but with those we deal with, as a government, a completely different government in South Africa and South Africa, which is projected abroad is now completely Different and this is obviously a positive change and it makes all the difference in terms of South Africa’s international perception. In other respects, South Africa remains the same place as I remember and it remains the same wonderful country I wanted to return to.
WARREN THOMPSON: I think, if I recall correctly, in June 1993 was probably the most fragile and vulnerable in the country has never been for the murder of Chris Hani, which was going to be a test of fire for you right now – there?
NIGEL CASEY: Literally, my first day in South Africa was the day the AWB drove the armored transport vehicle through the front window at Kempton Park and, yes, I felt insecure, it was not long after Chris’s murder Hani and there was no threat in a bombing campaign. Beyond this, the eve of the 1994 elections, Inkatha boycissait up to three weeks earlier. If you look behind you on the wall, you will see my copy of the ballot paper with the small label down where Inkatha are added after printing documents when they finally decided to come at the last minute. So, yes, she felt very insecure and very hard earned. The point for me when people ask now, then, what do you think about the progress of South Africa, is worried about things, I always think of the precariousness of what it was in 1993 and the worst thing that could have been revealed.