South Africa the Rise of Black Labor

Unions lead the opposition

The police directive was one more pull on the noose of restrictions that make up South Africa's national state of emergency. It stated that 33 community groups, student organizations and labor unions in Johannesburg were forbidden to hold any indoor meetings, their outdoor meetings having already been banned in June. An immediate storm of protest broke loose, the kind that usually inspires the Pretoria government to dig in its heels. Instead, two days later, the Bureau for Information, the sole official outlet of news on the emergency, announced that the government was making an about-face. "Errors" had been made in the...

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