South Africa: Family Troubles

Family Day in South Africa is an expanded version of Mother's or Father's Day—a time for all kinfolk to get together. South Africa's whites and blacks last week celebrated the holiday in ironically contrasting ways. While whites picnicked or frolicked on beaches, thousands of blacks mourned the absence of relatives—who were either banished or behind bars.

Under the country's maze of white-supremacist apartheid rules, nonwhites may be banished from urban areas to distant villages for a variety of causes. Example: workers who have been in a city for 20 years or more may be sent back home at once if they...

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