South Africa: Leaning on the White Right

Leaning on the White Right

For decades, most of the South Africans arrested for political protest have been black. But now that the government has entered formal negotiations for a new constitution with black political parties, including the African National Congress, President F.W. de Klerk is signaling a more evenhanded approach.

Last week police arrested Eugene Terre Blanche, head of the neo-Nazi Afrikaner Resistance Movement, and nine of his most senior lieutenants, and charged them with public violence. The government's action followed a lengthy investigation of a violent clash between Terre Blanche's pro-apartheid brownshirts and police last August in which three people were killed outside a...

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