World: Looking to a Precarious Future

The crackdown in Cape Town and Soweto was harsh even by South African standards. But the ruling white "tribe," the Afrikaners, has long been preoccupied with the problems of surviving at the tip of a hostile continent, and today it is more nervous than ever. The neighboring state of Rhodesia has become black-ruled Zimbabwe, and the South African-administered territory of Namibia (South West Africa) is in transition toward some form of black majority rule. Gerrit Viljoen, 53, who is both head of the Broederbond, the powerful and secretive society of ranking Afrikanerdom, and...

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