SOUTH AFRICA: The Black Sashes

From all over the Union white women, most of them middle-aged housewives, all wearing over-the-shoulder black sashes, converged on Cape Town last week and paraded silently down Cape Town's main street. Then they took stations at five-yard intervals in front of Parliament and began a 48-hour vigil of silent protest, ignoring rotten vegetables hurled by young hoodlums. As leather-lunged Prime Minister Johannes Strydom convened Parliament in joint session in the final act of his long campaign to write white supremacy into the law of his tragically divided land, the silent ladies, lined up in mute and mourning protest, seemed to...

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