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South Africa's ruling whites propose a bill of rights of their own

DURING ITS 45 YEARS IN POWER, SOUTH AFRICA'S governing National Party has routinely detained, deported and denied blacks their right to vote. Now that it must soon share power with blacks, the white regime is undergoing what one white M.P. sarcastically called a "deathbed conversion." Officials unveiled a postapartheid bill of rights aimed at preventing a black government from ever carrying out similar abuses against the white minority. The African National Congress swiftly denounced the proposal as a blatant move "to protect the haves against the have-nots."

Johannesburg, meanwhile, was virtually shut down by a violent taxi-driver strike. The protesters, whose...

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