South Africa The Party's Not Over

Will an old specter -- communism -- derail constitutional talks and sour the relationship between Mandela and De Klerk?

Thought communism was dead? Not in South Africa, where the party is unashamedly resurrecting itself -- to the evident horror of President F.W. de Klerk. Last week the government arrested at least seven party activists, charging them with plotting to stage an armed insurrection by the African National Congress if negotiations to draft a new nonracial constitution fail.

The "Red Komplot," so dubbed by the Afrikaans press, may at least temporarily derail the fragile talks and even sour the personal relationship between De Klerk and Nelson Mandela, which seems so crucial to the success of the peace process. The affair goes...

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