South Africa: Half Now, Half Later

Half Now, Half Later

"I'm here to bury P.W. Botha, not to praise him," declared Elijah Barayi, president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, at its convention in ( Johannesburg last week. The 1,500 delegates roared their approval of Barayi's plans for the South African President, then endorsed the Freedom Charter, the 1955 manifesto of the outlawed African National Congress that calls for an end to apartheid and nationalization of the country's banks, corporations and gold and coal mines.

The country's black unions are sounding an increasingly militant note. "We demand the right to share the wealth we produce," declared Barayi. "We don't...