South Africa: A Boycott's Hidden Victims

A Boycott's Hidden Victims

Like many African leaders, Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda has repeatedly called for economic sanctions against South Africa. He has even threatened to withdraw from the Commonwealth if Britain fails to punish Pretoria. Yet Kaunda's country can ill afford sanctions. Landlocked Zambia, already suffering through its worst recession since independence in 1964, buys much of its industrial and agricultural equipment from Pretoria and has almost two- thirds of its non-oil imports shipped through South Africa. If the West were to impose sanctions on South Africa, economic necessity, compounded by a sense of vengeance, would probably move Pretoria to stop all those exports,...

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