A CHOICE OF WEAPONS by Colin & Margaret Legum


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The battle is against White supremacy in South Africa and the choice, established in these eight cameos, is between non-violence (Chief Lutuli, Nana Sita) and some violence (Mandela, Sobukwe). The idiocies of apartheid are set forth in the opening pages; in each subsequent chapter, incidents in the life of one man define the extent of White and non-white, boss-and -- boy distinctions imposed by a minority government. There is no common denominator among these men except an opposition not to Whites (Paton, Naude and Scott arc) but to the doctrine of supremacy and its humiliations -- pass books, family separations, prison sentences for dissidents. Each has known similar patterns of discrimination and/or hostility and severe restriction. A feeling of and for the country does come through, and frequently there are subordinated but perceptive ideas (e.g. the caught-between Colored intellectuals as the Trotskyites of South Africa ""intensely ideological, puritanical, anarchistic""). The authors point to some signs of change, few from within (Dennis Brutus chooses to work from London), more from international sources --the UN, the Olympic Games Committee. The final analysis does not champion active or passive resistance but there is a definite expectation that the Afrikaner will ultimately lose his ultra-privileged position. Expressly admiring but never fawning, from the authors of the adult South Africa; Crisis for the West.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1968
Publisher: World