SOUTH AFRICA: Digging In for a Crisis Ahead

"Guns, guns, guns! New shipment just arrived from Germany. Stock up now. Protect your loved ones."

"Murder, arson, rape! Feel safe. Be prepared to save your family."

South Africa's 4.3 million whites (out of a total population of 25 million) are not in a state of panic. But as these newspaper advertisements suggest, there are signs of growing unease. Throughout the country, more than 150,000 new firearms licenses were issued last year, bringing the total to a remarkable 1.25 million. In the northern reaches of the country, near the Rhodesian border, white farmers are...

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