Barnett, Steve
August 1983
Humanity & Society;Aug83, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p238
Academic Journal
The article presents the author's view about rift among Afrikaners in South Africa. According to the author, South Africa is a democracy for Whites. The white population has the right to vote, and their votes are honestly counted. They have the right to form opposition parties. There is a lively opposition press, within the bounds of the stringent Secrecy Act and the ever-present threat of censorship. An important part of the regime's self-justification is that it retains and upholds Western values and institutions, such as parliamentary democracy, despite its draconian repressive legislation. Given its massive commitment to the continuation of White racial domination and the enormous power it has to bring to bear, the regime is at present under a great deal of pressure. The focus of the anti-colonial struggle shifted to its last bastions in Namibia and South Africa. It raised the morale of Black community in both areas and the result was a heightened guerilla war in Namibia and the reappearance of overt opposition in South Africa itself. The author suggests that without continued struggle on the part of the Blacks there will be no real reform.


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