SOUTH AFRICA: Hot Talk & Cool Choice

Prime Minister Daniel Malan, 79, announced last week that he is stepping down from his No. 1 party job: leader of the Nationalist Party in Cape Province. The news—a portent that the paunchy old Boer may soon retire as Prime Minister—brought to the surface a longtime struggle for the succession. There are two chief candidates: Transvaal Boss Johannes Gerhardus Strydom (who recently changed the spelling of his name to Strijdom because it is "more Boerlike"), and pipe-puffing Theophilus Dönges, Minister of the Interior. Strijdom (pronounced Stray-dom) is a fanatic apostle of racial segregation, who represents...

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