The Killings In South Africa: The Role Of The Security Forces And The Response Of The State; South Africa: My Vision Of The Future

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The Killings In South Africa: The Role Of The Security Forces And The Response Of The State

By Africa Watch
Africa Watch, 1991
85 pp. $10.00
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South Africa: My Vision Of The Future

By Mangosuthu G. Buthelezi
St Martin's Press, 1990
147 pp. $24.95
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One of the least well-kept secrets in South Africa these days is the extent of the cooperation between the Zulu Inkatha movement and government security forces in opposing the efforts of the African National Congress to consolidate a political base. Read in juxtaposition, these two books offer a bizarre contrast in viewpoints on the ANC-Inkatha rivalry. While Africa Watch marshals substantial evidence on the highly partisan behavior of the state in promoting anti-ANC violence, Buthelezi thumps his usual tub of pious and exculpatory claims that Inkatha stands for conciliation and black unity. On a more candid note, however, he concedes a belief that "we have reached, to some extent, a no-holds-barred point in South African history," a blunt truth that Africa Watch's data appear to underscore.

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