ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Talks about Talks

Talks about Talks THE retreat of apartheid in South Africa has officially commenced with the release of Nelson Mandela after a 27-year confinement and the legalisation of black politics as represented by the African National Congress, the South African Communist Party and other organisations. F W de Klerk's pronouncement that there will not be "any second class citizens in South Africa" is not so much a proclamation of new found liberal convictions as it is a recognition of the reality of black power and the inevitability of transition from minority race rule. This belated recognition by. the pragmatic elements in the white establishment has rather abruptly altered the central concerns of the country's political discourse. The hitherto important question of how to sustain the struggle against apartheid has been overshadowed by the more immediately relevant problems, both substantive and procedural, of restructuring political and economic power.

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