SOUTH AFRICA: Exit the Boer Moses

The most hated man in Africa stepped down from his pedestal last week. At 80, South Africa's Daniel Malan, the grim old Christian preacher who built the word apartheid (apartness) into the symbol of unchristian racial intolerance, summoned his Nationalist Cabinet and announced that he was quitting as Prime Minister. Malan made his decision not because he was sick or senile, but because his wife, Maria, had a serious heart ailment. The couple will retire to the university town of Stellenbosch, where Malan won his degree during the Boer War (1899-1902).

Thanks to Daniel Malan, the Boer War is still...

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