The uniform of Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring became greener as the victorious allies approached Berlin, according to Hitler's architect Albert Speer, until it began to look like that of a United States five-star general. In South Africa we've become so used to chameleon conduct that we don't seem to notice it any more.
The once-powerful PW Botha wasn't in Cape Town on Wednesday when former president Nelson Mandela handed over new house keys to octogenarian former residents of District Six. It was 38 years to the day since Botha, then minister of coloured affairs and community development, declared the neighbourhood a white area.
Does AmeriCare? I ask, because President George W Bush was meant to visit four African countries this past week, including South Africa, but suddenly his diary became chocked-up with far more pressing matters than our distant, poor continent.