South Africa: Compromise At Crossroads

Compromise At Crossroads

The riot last month at Crossroads, a wretched black squatters' camp on the sand dunes outside Cape Town, resulted in the deaths of 18 blacks and injuries to 250 others. It also brought calls from many in South Africa's shocked tricameral Parliament for a plan to allow the shantytown's 60,000 inhabitants to stay on permanently. Last week Gerrit Viljoen, South Africa's Minister of Cooperation and Development, conceded. He was prepared, he said, to allow "upgrading and development" of the area to provide adequate housing for those qualifying, based on the length of their residence and permanent employment. Speaking during a parliamentary...

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