South Africa: Black Spots

Dead for a principle

Nestled in a fertile valley 200 miles east of Johannesburg, the village of Driefontein is a picture of rural contentment. Flower beds front its comfortable houses, cattle browse in lush pastures, and fruit trees abound. But Driefontein is different: it is a so-called "black spot," an area of black settlement surrounded mainly by white farmers. For several years, in keeping with South Africa's policy of apartheid, the government has tried to persuade the 7,000 black farmers of Driefontein to move to black "homelands" in the desolate Kangwane and Kwazulu...

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