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

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New South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA'S first multiracial elections have passed off smoothly, just as, almost unbelievably, has the entire process of the country's transition to black majority rule after F W de Klerk released Nelson Mandela from prison and lifted the ban on the African National Congress in 1990. The violence witnessed in the run up to the elections died down after the Inkatha Freedom Party's last-minute decision to enter the polls. In the end the most serious complaints appear to be only about the slow counting of votesNot bad at all for a country whose racially oppressive political arrangements had, till just a few years ago, produced such bitter hatreds and bloodshed internally and universal opprobrium internationally.

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