South Africa: Hard Line

Botha reaffirms apartheid

The host of dignitaries gathered last week in the main auditorium of Cape Town's spanking new civic center resembled nothing so much as a formal group portrait of South Africa's white-dominated power structure. On the dais, seated beneath half a dozen orange, white and blue national flags, were some 50 Cabinet members and senior officials of Prime Minister Pieter W. Botha's National Party government. Facing them were some 600 businessmen, industrialists, financiers and community leaders.

The keynote speaker was Prime Minister Botha himself, delivering what amounted to an extraordinary...

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