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South Africa: Revolution Or Reconciliation

South Africa: Revolution Or Reconciliation
By Walter H. Kansteiner
174 pp, Institute on Religion & Democracy, 1988
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The director of economic studies at the Institute on Religion & Democracy appears here to be reinventing constructive engagement, or its precursor, the Kissinger policy of "communication" with South Africa. His advocacy of support for liberal democracy (and his efforts to cast the "radical, Marxist" ANC as just another player) would have more impact if he did not ignore a number of political realities in the scene he describes-particularly the isolation of the tribally oriented Inkatha and its leader Gatsha Buthelezi from mainstream black politics today.