Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Too Much Faith Placed in Communist-Infiltrated African National Congress

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Too Much Faith Placed in Communist-Infiltrated African National Congress

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The first election in which all the races of South Africa were allowed to vote was certainly a landmark event. The great question for the future is whether this marks the beginning of a new era of freedom or simply a changing of the color of tyranny.

Perhaps not since the founding of the Soviet Union in 1917 have so many people around the world so wanted a new government to succeed - or so wanted to believe that it deserved to succeed.tstiai South Africa is not the Soviet Union. And it may never become another Soviet Union. However, the African National Congress has already given too many indications that its goal is not freedom but power - and much of the American media has already indicated ma willingness to turn a blind eye to whatever the ANC does.

Widespread vote fraud has been just one symptom of the ANC's ruthless drive for power. When marchers from the Inkatha Freedom Party were fired upon from the headquarters of the ANC - and when Nelson Mandela refused to allow law enforcement officials to seek out the snipers inside - that was another.

A number of blacks who had planned to become candidates in the election, running against candidates from the African National Congress, were forced to withdraw under threats to their personal safety. A black professor has been told that "the people" would not allow him to continue to teach if he joined any party except the ANC.

One of the pillars of tyrannical rule by the white National Party in South Africa was its power of locking people up without a trial. For years the ANC protested against this "preventive detention" policy. But now that it is the ANC that will have the power of prevention and others can be held in detention, it doesn't oppose this power any more.

The opposition of Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi to the continuation of these and other oppressive powers of the South African government has been depicted in the American media as some sort of personal petulance by someone who wanted to rain on the parade. What Buthelezi attempted to fight for were the kinds of rights that Americans take for granted. That he eventually had to give up his opposition as futile was yet another of the ominous signs for the future of South Africa. …

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