South Africa: A Zephyr Of Change

A Zephyr Of Change

President F.W. de Klerk promised major changes in apartheid last week -- but not yet in the system's mainstays. The reformist politician said he would pursue repeal of the Separate Amenities Act, a 1953 law that provides for segregation of public facilities. Disappointingly, De Klerk pledged reform but not repeal of the laws that define residential apartheid, reserve just 13% of the nation's land for the black majority, and classify all citizens by race.

The South African leader again rejected the central demand of the opposition African National Congress: majority rule on the basis of one man, one vote. White power,...

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