SOUTH AFRICA: How High Is Supreme?

Pretoria's old Raadsaal (council hall) was windy with laughter last week. Ninety-nine Nationalist members of Parliament assembled there, not as legislators but as so-called judges. They thought it was a great joke, and kept calling to each other: "Goeie more, Meneer Regt;" (Good morning, Mister Judge). But for South Africa's second-and third-class citizens, the joke was a grim one.

Last March Prime Minister Daniel Malan's apartheid (segregation) crusade bumped into a legal barrier. South Africa's Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a Malan law disfranchising 50,000 Cape Coloreds (persons of mixed white and black ancestry). Malan's answer was to set up Parliament...

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