oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - No safe refuge

Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



In this article the author reflects on some of the anxieties expressed and demands made by white minority groups in certain of the erstwhile colonies to the north of South Africa. A case for such a comparative survey emerges when it is seen that the apprehensions and fears of minorities voiced in South Africa today, are similar to those heard - and projected as a dominant issue - in these erstwhile colonies during the transitional years prior to their independence. The issue of human rights too, - as new to Africa then as it is to South Africa today - was anxiously discussed and debated. More importantly, as is happening in South Africa today, such apprehensions and demands clearly complicated efforts to reach a negotiated settlement causing a bitterness and frustration which survived among blacks long after independence.

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