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The Last White Parliament
The Last White Parliament
By Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert
St. Martin's, 1987, 203 pp
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South Africa's charismatic white opposition leader tells his own story, that of a man caught in the middle and increasingly aware of the ineffectuality of his own public position as head of the liberal Progressive Federal Party. With candor and without rancor, Slabbert gives us an insider's view of South Africa's often Kafkaesque political processes, including his private interviews with the state president, P. W. Botha, and conversations with African National Congress insurgents in Lusaka. His account shows how a white person's consciousness of the anomalies of apartheid can broaden and deepen under the constant pressures from life amid racial repression and revolt.