South Africa: Here a Snag, There a Snag

Here a Snag, There a Snag

Nobody said it was going to be easy, but fresh hindrances now seem certain to hold up the start of formal negotiations on the "new South Africa" until well into next year. Last week, citing difficulties in repatriating 20,000 exiled members and setting up local branches, the African National Congress postponed its planned Dec. 16 national conference six months. The gathering will elect a new executive body and is expected to elevate Nelson Mandela to the A.N.C. presidency to replace the ailing Oliver Tambo. But government officials complained that the A.N.C.'s organizational problems could make it difficult for President F.W. de...

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