SOUTH AFRICA: Vorster's Double Shocker

A resignation and a stunning rejection may invite renewed warfare

A resignation and a stunning rejection may invite renewed warfare

Terse. Unemotional. Pragmatic. Unpredictable. Those were the hallmarks of Prime Minister John Vorster's twelve-year rule in South Africa, and never were they more evident than on his leaving last week.

In a brief, businesslike address to the country, speaking first in Afrikaans and then in English, Vorster, 62, declared that he was quitting his post as well as the leadership of the right-wing National Party, which has dominated South African politics for 30 years. He gave...

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