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Title:The Last Trek? Afrikaners in Transition to Democracy
Author:Giliomee, Hermann
Year:1992
Periodical:South Africa International
Volume:22
Issue:3
Period:January
Pages:111-120
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Afrikaners
democracy
National Party
Politics and Government
nationalism
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:This article starts with explaining the complex of interrelated forces behind the transition to democracy in South Africa. Then it describes the National Party's (NP) constitutional thinking during the period 1986-1991. Although the principle of one nation and a common citizenship for all South Africans (outside the 'independent' homelands) was accepted in 1986, the leadership for nearly three years played around with models still closely resembling apartheid thinking. Finally, the article examines the way the De Klerk leadership hopes to secure Afrikaner survival during the transition and beyond. There are basically three options to secure Afrikaner identity: an elite settlement, white group veto, and power sharing with the balance of power temporarily tilted in NP favour. Notes, ref., sum.
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