Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Lecture, August 11, 1971, University of Natal, South Africa. "Speak Out: The Necessity for Protest," published in The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988).
Gordimer is referring to a passage by Mohandas K. Gandhi in Satyagraha in South Africa (revised 1928): "The convenience of the powers that be is the law in the final analysis."