June 22, 1990
Jeane Kirkpatrick seems to like the word "democracy." She uses it or a derivative six times in her column ("A Color-Blind Peace Depends on Democracy," Commentary, June 11): I do not know what her definition of democracy is. I am sure that most of the people of the world including those in South Africa have little idea of the meaning, advantages and responsibilities of a democratic government. Kirkpatrick speaks of "democracy and comfort for whites." Does she equate privilege with democracy?
November 10, 1990
In recent months, Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) has received a great deal of favorable and essentially uncritical coverage by the American media. Rarely mentioned are the ANC's close ties to the South African Communist Party or the brutal "necklacings" committed by youthful ANC cadre. The "South Africa Now" series gives scant attention to this darker side of the ANC and fails to adequately portray other opposition groups such as the pro-Western Inkatha movement.
December 27, 1987 |
Five people were reported killed in continued political feuding between rival South African black anti-apartheid groups despite pleas from their leaders for peace and reconciliation.
July 30, 1991
South African President Frederik W. de Klerk will be on the hot seat today when he makes a statement on a political scandal threatening to undermine crucial all-party talks on the troubled country's future and possibly to unseat De Klerk himself. The government now admits that it secretly funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Zulu-based conservative black union and the allied Inkatha Freedom Party--a rival of Nelson Mandela's African National Congress.
February 13, 1994 |
The Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party decided Saturday to boycott the nation's first all-race election, joining pro-apartheid whites in a move that could undermine the watershed vote. But political leaders said there still was time to overcome disputes and get all groups to participate in the April 26-28 election. None of the groups in the opposition Freedom Alliance had registered for the election by the midnight Saturday deadline, although President Frederik W.
January 18, 1991 |
Black leaders Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi will meet Jan. 29 for the first face-to-face talks in decades between the longtime friends turned political rivals, their parties said Thursday. The announcement raised the prospect that there might eventually be a settlement between their two warring groups. But spokesmen for both sides cautioned against unrealistic expectations.