How this all influenced South Africa’s actions in terms of Angola is difficult to establish. At that stage there were many voices that proclaimed South Africa’s traditional relationship with the white Portuguese and Rhodesians as something of the past and that fresh approaches to the black African states should be made. The course of events in Angola after 1974 caused strain and insecurity. Legum talks of the “timebomb of Angola ticking away towards the civil war and international involvement that was to explode after the Portuguese withdrawal on 11 November 1975”. (C. Legum, Vorster’s gamble for Africa, p)
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