A Voice for Compromise

Although he is a staunch opponent of apartheid, Zulu Chief Gatsha Buthelezi has few friends among black antiapartheid activists in South Africa. The African National Congress, which espouses socialism, accuses him of being a capitalist. The United Democratic Front calls him arrogant and intransigent. The Azanian People's Organization, a militant group that excludes whites, denounces him as an enemy. He has been called a "traitor," a "sellout" and a "puppet."

Yet both black and white foes of apartheid know that without Buthelezi's consent a solution to South Africa's political problems is virtually inconceivable. Buthelezi, 56, is the political leader of the...

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