SOUTH African state prosecutor Michael Donen argued on Wednesday that Sir Mark Thatcher must answer questions about an alleged failed coup plot in Equatorial Guinea to prevent "chequebook colonialists" from trying to take over small African nations.
Mr Donen told a South African court that the need to stop rich men and mercenaries from undermining the rule of law in Africa superseded Mr Thatcher's right to silence.
"There is therefore a trend, apparently, in Equatorial Guinea and in central Africa where chequebook colonialists hire small groups of former South African Defence Force people and they buy themselves a small African country which has oil," Mr Donen said.
Official inflation figures understate the real extent of rising costs, but even the government's own CPI scheme lays bare the ongoing misery for working people and those dependent on benefits.
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