South Africa: Dashed Hopes

Scuttling a well-laid plan

It looked to many like the last, best hope for peaceful change in racially tormented South Africa. Since last April delegates from 39 groups of blacks and whites from a wide political spectrum had been meeting in Durban, the main city of the coastal province of Natal, to find a way to transform the province from white minority rule to some form of multiracial government. In a land where passions run high and tempers are often short, they thought that successful power sharing in Natal might become a model for a national solution.

Last week, only two days after the conference...

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