South Africa The Pilgrim's Slow Progress

Though De Klerk's U.S. visit is symbolically important, he will find little succor abroad

When F.W. De Klerk took his oath of office one year ago, few predicted that the cautious and conservative lawyer would move so quickly toward ending the scourge of apartheid. But since then De Klerk has been cheered by blacks during a tour of Soweto and booed by right-wing white students at the University of Pretoria.

De Klerk's meeting with President Bush this week -- the first such visit by a South African leader in 45 years -- is the latest measure of how far he has brought his pariah nation. Bush invited De Klerk as a gesture to encourage reform;...

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