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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