Time to Take Charge

At long last, the black majority moves from repression into the halls of government

White-haired, bearded Cronje Tshaka is older than the 82-year-old African National Congress. Now he has outlived apartheid. Clutching his identity book in one hand and his cane in the other, Tshaka, 95, waited patiently in line to vote last week -- like all South Africa's black citizens, for the first time in his life. He shook off offers of help, walking unsteadily but unaided into the polling station in Guguletu, one of the toughest and grimiest of the black townships around Cape Town. Minutes later he emerged, a broad grin lighting his face. "I never thought I would see this day,"...

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