SOUTH AFRICA: Back to the Beginning

Nearly two years had passed since the police rounded them up—a mixed bag of 91 teachers, lawyers, doctors, labor leaders and even housewives whose crime it had been to oppose South Africa's racial apartheid. Charged with high treason and conspiracy to overthrow the government by revolution, they had all lost their jobs, been sustained almost entirely by a defense fund raised by sympathizers at home and abroad. Last week in Johannesburg, as South Africa tensely watched and waited, the absurdity of the charges against them finally became apparent to all.

For two months their brilliant defense counsel, Israel Maisels,...

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