South Africa: A Touch of Sweet Reasonableness

When Balthazar Johannes Vorster took over as South Africa's Prime Minister six months ago, the world had little reason to expect that he would be much different from the assassinated Hendrik Verwoerd, the apostle of apartheid. Vorster had, after all, been Verwoerd's police boss for five years, and he looked even tougher and more unbending than the white-thatched Verwoerd. But Vorster has been a considerable surprise. While not basically changing South Africa's policy of racial separation, he has proved far more reasonable than his predecessor, injecting some humanity and even humor...

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