Talks, At A Price

A deal freeing terrorists brings the A.N.C. back to the table South Africa.

ROBERT MCBRIDE, 29, KILLED THREE WHITE WOMEN with a car bomb outside a Durban pub. Barend Strydom, 27, gunned down seven blacks in downtown Pretoria. Once condemned to death, McBride and Strydom walked free last week when President F.W. de Klerk released 150 prisoners in a deal to entice Nelson Mandela's African National Congress back to the negotiating table. Most of the convicts had been serving time for violent acts in the antiapartheid cause, but Strydom's release was an obvious sop to whites: as leader of the ultra-right White Wolves, he had become a hero for some militant Afrikaners. Nonetheless, many...

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