South Africa: Yes!

Voters in what should be the last whites-only election support sharing power with the black majority. Can De Klerk and Mandela make it happen?

A victory of such magnitude on an issue so fundamental could easily push a political leader toward hyperbole. But President F.W. de Klerk was not exaggerating a bit when he said in Cape Town after last week's referendum, "Today we have closed the book on apartheid."

Many more books will have to be written before the country's problems are solved. But white South Africans -- including a majority of the Afrikaans- speaking descendants of the original Dutch settlers -- voted resoundingly for continuing negotiations with their black compatriots on a new constitution. At least 85% of the registered voters turned out,...