South Africa Kicking Up a Seaside Sandstorm

The Botha government takes a hard line on whites-only beaches

As the first chill of winter swept across South Africa last week, a few white families braved the weather to relax on King's Beach, a strip along the Indian Ocean in the eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth. Parents reclined under striped umbrellas as black maids took the children to play in the waves. Not far away, a colored (mixed race) man, his wife and two small children enjoyed a picnic on the sand. For a brief time last month, such racially mixed scenes were countenanced by law at Port Elizabeth, after the state Supreme Court struck down local city ordinances...

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