Mandela In Lobatse (Part 3)

We left off late in the morning of January 12, 1962 with the Divisional South Special Branch Officer, Inspector Innes-Ker, having finally contacted Nelson Mandela at the Peleng home of Fish Keitseng.

Thereafter, for the remainder of Mandela’s stay the BP authorities remained watchful while keeping their distance. As Keitseng later observed:

“Although Mandela didn’t go to the D.C., the police knew he was present. Both sides were just pretending to ignore one another.” For the then Resident Commissioner, Peter Fawcus, and a few of his reliable lieutenants such as Innes-Ker the mission was clear. As the Resident Commissioner’s office noted at the time in a communication to the Acting British High Commissioner in South Africa:

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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