President Frederik W. de Klerk is expected to take another significant step on the path of reform by announcing plans to repeal two more pillars of apartheid when he opens a new session of the South African Parliament on Friday.
One is the Group Areas Act, which for 40 years has forced blacks, mixed-race "Coloreds," Asians and whites to live in separate neighborhoods. In recent years, that measure has created a massive housing shortage in the overcrowded black townships while suburban white neighborhoods have a housing surplus.
Also said to be on the way out is the system barring black ownership of 87% of South Africa's land. But anti-apartheid leaders say that's not enough. They demand that the government redistribute land to blacks.