SOUTH AFRICA: Adapt or Die

An end to "petty apartheid"?

"Kaffirboethie!" (nigger lover), a stocky man in a safari suit yelled at the political speaker in the Transvaal town of Rustenburg. A burly youth then launched a right hook at the heckler. Scuffles erupted throughout the hall before baton-swinging police managed to restore a semblance of order.

The taunt was the kind of hostility that diehard Afrikaners usually direct at opponents of South Africa's ruling National Party and its harsh policy of apartheid. This time, however, the target was none other than Stephanus ("Fanie") Botha, Labor Minister in...

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