South Africa: Gunning For Apartheid

Gunning For Apartheid

After right-wing Conservative Party whites won victories in several districts in last month's local elections, they talked boldly of reinstituting "petty apartheid" regulations that segregate public facilities, such as toilets, libraries and parks. Under pressure from the U.S., South African State President P.W. Botha charged that such policies would spark fresh pressure for international sanctions. Conservative Party leader Andries Treurnicht, Botha told a conference in Transvaal, "does not have to look his persecutors in the eye in the conference halls of the world."

But the Botha government's slow reforms face a far more menacing threat from the ultra-right. Last week, in...

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