The road from Soweto

Sharpeville marked the time in 1960 when the world unanimously condemned apartheid. The Soweto tragedy may prove to be the occasion when South Africa itself decides that apartheid offers no real hope of resolving its serious racial problems.

A special responsibility attached to Western nations whose trading and other policies have helped to buttress South Africa’s economy, and therefore its iniquitous political system. Past Western policy has been vague to condemn apartheid and offer vague support for the achievement of a multi-racial society based on majority rule.

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