South Africa: Manifesto for Disappointment

President Botha's much awaited speech fails to win applause

"I believe that we are today crossing the Rubicon in South Africa. There is no turning back." That was State President P.W. Botha's assessment last week, but hardly anyone outside the South African government could find much evidence to support it. Speaking in the port city of Durban before the Natal provincial congress of his ruling National Party, Botha described his remarks as a "manifesto for the future of our country," ostensibly laying out guideposts for significant change in the racially divided nation. But rather than a hoped for watershed, Botha's speech was an international and domestic disappointment, creating a sense...

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