South Africa: Crisis of Confidence

A scandal engulfs De Klerk, and raises the question: Are he and his National Party sincere about sharing power?

Every few months, President F.W. de Klerk gathers his Cabinet colleagues together and heads for the bushveld. In a camp in the Transvaal province near the Botswana border, they thrash out political strategy, yet find time to sit around a fire and eat wild game. The idea is to work, but also to relax under the wide African sky.

Last week that sky seemed to be falling in on De Klerk, who returned from his latest two-day retreat to face a credibility crisis that is growing with bush-fire speed. Exposes in the Johannesburg Weekly Mail showed that the ( government, despite...

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