South Africa: Voting Can Be Deadly

Voting Can Be Deadly

To State President P.W. Botha of South Africa, a big turnout in black townships for the Oct. 26 elections would signal that blacks have accepted his offer of power sharing as an alternative to revolution. So in an effort to get out the black vote, Botha's government has swollen registration lists, declared it illegal to call for a boycott, and banned major black organizations that have opposed the polling.

Foes of apartheid are equally determined to thwart an election they see as hopelessly segregated. Activists have scrawled DON'T VOTE on walls, billboards and traffic signs throughout the black townships. Antiapartheid clergymen...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!