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Title:The US Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1966: Anti-Apartheid or Anti-African National Congress?
Author:Redden, Thomas J.
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic terms:South Africa
United States
Subjects:foreign policy
Law, Human Rights and Violence
international relations
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722897
Abstract:In order to win conservative acquiescence for the punitive measures embodied in the US Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, the Senate majority accepted an amendment that established parameters for future US relations with certain South African opposition groups, especially the ANC. In brief, the amendment states that if, at a future date, the South African Government were prepared to negotiate a transition to democratic rule and the ANC were unwilling to participate in the negotiations, to forego violence, or to commit itself to a democratic post-apartheid government, then the US would be obliged to support negotiations that excluded the ANC. The amendment, once approved, transformed what had been a sanctions bill into a rigid and dangerous prescription for future US policy toward South Africa. This article represents an effort to clarify the political implications of this amendment. Notes, ref.