SOUTH AFRICA: Trial Balloon

Unpretentious, friendly, brilliant Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr is Finance Minister of South Africa, heir apparent to 73-year-old Prime Minister Jan Christiaan Smuts. Hofmeyr is also part owner of the Forum, South Africa's only liberal weekly. Last week the Forum's editor and Hofmeyr's protege, John Patrick Cope, pricked open two of the Union's deepest sores, proposed a radical cure.

Cope postulated South Africa's problem No. 1 today as the racial deadlock, said it distorts all major issues brought before Parliament and prevents united progressive action on native (Negro) policy, industrialization, agriculture and a dozen other major problems. Wrote he:...

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