After the Miracle: Can South Africa Be a Normal State?

After the Miracle: Can South Africa Be a Normal State?

Mini Teaser: South Africa today, to paraphrase Marx, is haunted by a specter: the specter of the rest of Africa. This ghost hovers not only over whites, and over investors who are influenced by them, but over blacks as well.

by Author(s): John Chettle

At the same time, there have been somber warnings of just how tenuous
the commitment to the rule of law is. It appears, for example, that
there will be no action on a case in which more than fifty members of
the Inkatha Freedom Party, engaged in a march on the headquarters of
the ANC, were killed by shots fired from that building. President
Mandela acknowledged responsibility for ordering ANC guards to defend
the building. Subsequently, the police were prevented from entering
it, and no prosecutions have been instituted.

Another such warning, this time from the past, has been provided by
recent revelations before the Transvaal Supreme Court in a case in
which the commander of a security police unit, Colonel Eugene de
Kock, convicted of eighty-nine charges, including six of murder,
submitted evidence in mitigation of sentence. He advanced the
Nuremberg defense that he had been ordered by superiors to carry out
these actions. Among his more dramatic charges were that former Law
and Order Minister Adriaan Vlok, with the consent of President P.W.
Botha, ordered the bombing of the headquarters of both the Trade
Union Movement and the Southern African Council of Churches; that the
former head of the South African Defense Forces ordered a false arms
cache to be planted to justify a raid into Botswana; and that there
were cells in every security branch in the country that were prepared
to carry out assassinations.

De Kock told a tale of activists and their families murdered, of
orders to shoot policemen attempting to prevent illegal operations,
of the organization of massacres of innocent people, of gun-running
and training to encourage tribal and partisan warfare, and of alleged
connivance by both P.W. Botha and F.W. de Klerk, as well as other
members of the cabinet

Essay Types: Essay