Rumbles on the Right

It was the kind of banter that only the most verkrampte, or hard-line, Afrikaner would find amusing. But when Andries Treurnicht and Jaap Marais, the leaders of two of South Africa's right-wing political parties, shared a platform in Pretoria earlier this year to protest the government's repeal of laws banning interracial sex and marriage, their racist exchanges produced waves of laughter from the conservative audience.

Marais: Consider the circumstances if your black in-laws were to visit you at your home.

Treurnicht: Ma-in-law could work in the kitchen while Pa-in-law could help out in the garden.

To State President P.W. Botha's ruling...

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