South Africa The High Cost of Non-Nationhood

Pretoria's artificial homelands are an expensive fiasco

The Prime Minister was out of the country for "medical reasons" that most of his countrymen believed were also largely political. Eight Cabinet ministers were reported to have resigned amid allegations of rampant corruption and to be held under house arrest. The acting Prime Minister ordered the army on alert, and roadblocks went up around the capital.

An unfolding coup d'etat? Well, possibly. But the turmoil that gripped the "republic" of Transkei last week was also the most recent setback suffered by South Africa in its 28-year attempt to ghettoize the country's black majority into a series of ten independent Bantustans,...

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