Your editorial (Feb. 4), "The Burden Is on Botha," while objective in some respects still perpetuates the perception fostered in your paper to oversimplify the South African realities and place all blame on the South African government for events in my country.
Moreover, to imply that his commitment is only rhetoric is misleading. Prior to President Pieter W. Botha's latest speech to Parliament, which took the reform process further forward, a leading opposition newspaper in South Africa listed "the major changes that President Botha has presided over so far."
Sport--opened to all races.
Labor--modern sophisticated trade union system open to all races.
Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act--repealed.
Immorality Act--offensive racial provisions repealed.
Immigration--provision providing for white immigration only, repealed.
Constitution--Asians and Coloreds represented in Parliament and holding ministerial and deputy ministerial positions in government.
Public amenities--many desegregated such as hotels, restaurants, parks, trains and buses.