South Africa: Gathering Hints of Change

As the violence worsens, Botha appears to be considering reforms

Death and destruction. Looting and violence. Repression and response. The convulsions of a divided country's worst crisis in more than two decades intensified in South Africa last week. As the state of emergency continued in the black townships of the Johannesburg area and the eastern Cape, rioting erupted in townships surrounding the port city of Durban in Natal province, taking an additional 54 lives. But as the week ended, the country was alive with speculation that the white minority government of State President P.W. Botha was on the verge of making concessions that might, for the first time, affect the essential...

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