SOUTH AFRICA: The Silent Critics

Everywhere South Africa's Prime Minister Johannes Strydom looked, there seemed to be women—white women in black sashes, silent and contemptuous, heads bowed in symbolic "mourning for the constitution." Whenever he passed, they lifted their heads and stared.

It began soon after Prime Minister Strydom, who is determined that nothing shall stand in the way of all-Boer rule of South Africa, rammed through his law breaking the Senate's power to obstruct him. Every day all day, four black-sashed women stood gravely outside the government buildings in Pretoria. They were members of the Women's Defense of the Constitution League. In the two...

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