South Africa Hell No, They Don't Want to Go

A draft-resistance movement earns Pretoria's wrath

For years the South African government has been at war with the 900 antidraft activists of the End Conscription Campaign. Defense Minister Magnus Malan calls them "anti-South African." The police have repeatedly raided the campaign's 40 offices and campus branches, and jailed 96 of the group's members without charge. Last week Pretoria fired its latest, and most devastating, salvo. Minister of Law and Order Adriaan Vlok banned the group from "continuing any activities or acts."

The wave of resistance to military service has been rising among white youths since 1985, when the South African Defense Force, 106,000 strong, stepped up its...

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