SOUTH AFRICA: Apartheid v. Profits

As an advocate and practitioner of white supremacy, South Africa's Prime Minister Johannes Strydom has few rivals. One of these is his brother-in-law Jan de Klerk, 54. Strydom appointed De Klerk, a onetime paid party official who has never been elected to Parliament, his Minister of Labor. Eager to curry more votes among the ardent white-supremacist farmers of the platteland, Minister de Klerk promptly ordered South Africa's garment industry to hold in reserve "for whites only" some 30,000 to 40,000 garment jobs, ranging in categories from cutter to supervisor.

The announcement struck the $150 million-a-year industry like a bombshell. The...

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