South Africa: Road to Tyranny

With increasingly totalitarian methods, the white leaders of South Africa are building a southern redoubt for a last-ditch stand against black nationalism on their bottom tip of the continent. Last week the government of Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd proposed new legislation that will snuff out basic freedoms of all South Africans, black and white.

Prime motive of the bill is to prevent the spread of such incidents as the wave of arson and bombings that broke out last December. In the future, announced Justice Minister Johannes Vorster, death can be the punishment for cases of proven "sabotage." And what is...

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