South Africa: Stalled Reform

Instead, Botha calls an election

As South Africa's all-white parliament opened its annual session in Cape Town, hopes rose that this might at last be the year for dramatic new moves to ease racial tensions in the country. In his remarks during the opening debates last week, however, Prime Minister P.W. Botha failed to mention any of his longstanding proposals for reducing petty discrimination and improving the plight of urban blacks. Instead, he expounded on such politically safe slogans as the Communist menace and, to the parliament's surprise, announced that he was calling a general election for next April 29....

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