South Africa Still Crying Freedom

An antiapartheid editor, visiting home after a long exile, finds that whites have begun to accept the inevitable

More than 700 people have died in the townships around Johannesburg since fighting broke out in mid-August, largely between supporters of Nelson Mandela's African National Congress and Zulus belonging to Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi's Inkatha movement. Last week the bloodshed reached a numbing climax, when black men rampaged through a Soweto-bound commuter train with guns, pangas and knives, killing at least 26 people. The violence poses a threat to the fundamental change promised by President F.W. de Klerk, whose efforts to dismantle apartheid nonetheless achieve an important milestone next week when he meets with President Bush. Not since Jan Smuts visited the...

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