South Africa: Crack in the White Monolith

Afrikaners split over a proposal to share power

For the past 34 years, the National Party has ruled South Africa by adhering to a single, all-important policy: perpetuation of power by the country's whites, who number only about 5 million, or 18% of the population. Now, however, deep fissures have appeared within the ruling party. Sixteen members of Parliament, including two Cabinet members, have broken with the government of Prime Minister Pieter W. Botha and formed a new, far-right political group, the Conservative Party. They accused Botha of straying from the apartheid precepts set by the ruling party more than...

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