SOUTH AFRICA: R for Republiek

Nine months ago Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd ordered a nation wide referendum (whites only) to convert South Africa into a republic. He, like almost everyone else, expected a majority of South African voters on Oct. 5 to endorse his plans to depose Queen Elizabeth II as titular chief of state. But last week, as Verwoerd's Afrikaner-dominated Na tional Party convened in dusty Bloemfontein under the proposed republican flag (with an R for Republiek in place of the Union Jack), his chances of winning a solid victory in the referendum were looking...

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