South Africa Terrifying Indictment

The list: 8,551 detainees

When the South African Parliament reconvened in Cape Town last week after a two-month recess, the government of State President P.W. Botha was expected to offer a bill to set up a national council of blacks and whites that would advise him on social and political matters. Though the council's recommendations would not be legally binding, its creation was supposed to be a conciliatory gesture to the country's 24 million voteless blacks. As it turned out, the government was not ready to offer such a bill, and there was speculation that Botha had decided not to do so until he received...

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