South Africa: Negotiations At Last

The nation's black and white leaders gather to start designing a democracy

Peace and goodwill were appropriately item No. 1 on the national agenda the weekend before Christmas. They were the objectives proclaimed by all 19 of the delegations that opened formal negotiations on a new, nonracial constitution for the country. As the 228 black, white, Indian and mixed-race politicians gathered for the first session of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa at a conference center near Johannesburg, African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela said the challenge they faced was "to unshackle ourselves from the past and build anew."

Now that the legislative pillars of apartheid have been scrapped, South Africa is...

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