SOUTH AFRICA: The Transkei Puppet Show

At the stroke of midnight next Monday, a 101-gun salute will mark the independence of the Transkei, a Denmark-sized territory on the eastern coast of South Africa. There will be tribal dancing, fireworks, feasting and bonfires, as there were to mark the birth of more than 40 African nations that have become independent in the past two decades. The difference is that in the eyes of most of the world, the independence of the Transkei— the first of the nine black tribal homelands that South Africa intends to set up as separate states—is a device...

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