S. Africans favor Botha reforms

An overhwleming number of white South Africans support Prime Minister Pieter Botha's reformist stance on apartheid even if it splits the ruling National Party, according to a nationwide opinion poll published Sunday. The poll in the Johannesburg Sunday Times newspaper comes after one of the most turbulent weeks in National Party history, with the issue of relaxing the country's racial separation policies polarizing it.

The poll showed that 85.5 percent of the registered National Party members supported Mr. Botha, leader of the "Verligte" (enlightened) moderates, as party leader. Only 6.4 percent backed his right-wing challenger, Public Works Minister and powerful Transvaal party leader Andries Treurnicht, head of the "Verkrampte," or anti-change, wing, which is opposed to any dismantling of the laws that enshrine white supremacy.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK