"THE SITUATION is bad and it can get worse." With this ominous statement Constand Viljoen summed up how he sees the South African predicament in a week that ought to generate unprecedented celebration among the majority of the population.
By Friday, two years of multi-party negotiations are expected to conclude with the unveiling of South Africa's first non-racial, federal, democratic constitution.
If celebrations are muted, it will be for fear among both blacks and whites that General Viljoen and his supporters on the white right will go to war. The failure of the government to persuade the right to accept the new constitution and take part in next year's elections has added to the anxiety.
Yesterday, General Viljoen, former South African Defence Force chief who heads the separatist Afrikaner Volksfront, tried to explain what the right want and what they will do if they do not get it.
"Things are bad," he said, because of a lack of investor confidence; because of intimidation especially "among our black people"; because of "undue pressure" on South Africa from the outside world to find a quick political solution; because the government had fallen prey to "nave idealism"; because the ANC believed, no less …