No Laughing Matter

Eight years after the first post- apartheid elections, most of South Africa's Afrikaners — the three million whites of European, mainly Dutch, origin — have put their days of struggle for racial exclusivity and independence in the past. But not all of them. A small but determined band of Afrikaners is still threatening revolution. A dozen men, all Afrikaners, have been arrested since late July for allegedly taking part in a conspiracy for armed insurrection against the African National Congress (A.N.C.) government, and the police are searching for other suspected ringleaders. The men go on trial in February on charges of...

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