South Africa: Season of Black Rage

Bombs and riots greet the new constitution

It was supposed to be a time of ceremony and celebration, as South Africa admitted nonwhite members to its national Parliament and prepared to swear into office its first executive State President, Prime Minister Pieter W. Botha, who now becomes head of both state and government. Instead the week will be remembered for the worst wave of violence to sweep the country in eight years. It was an ominous welcome to the new "reform" constitution, which grants a measure of political power to South Africa's Indian and so-called colored, or mixed-race, minorities but none...

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