South Africa: Striking Back

Pretoria retaliates for sanctions

Scarcely a week after Congress overrode President Reagan's veto and imposed a new set of economic sanctions against South Africa, the government of State President P.W. Botha retaliated. It had always warned that the first people to suffer from stronger sanctions would be the blacks of South Africa and neighboring countries, and last week it took steps to fulfill that prediction.

The government decreed that the United Democratic Front, a multiracial antiapartheid group with perhaps 2 million supporters, will henceforth be barred from receiving overseas aid. Pretoria accuses the U.D.F., whose leading members include Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Imprisoned African...

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