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Published 2nd August 1996

Vol 37 No 16

South Africa

White power

White Zulus now mastermind Inkatha's tactics but their ultimate aims remain unclear

Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi is still the boss. But his management of the Inkatha Freedom Party's closed-door congress in Ulundi on 27-28 July placed him more tightly on the side of his own hardline clique of 'white Zulus', sidelining the 'modernists' who want to make Inkatha the heart of a nation-wide black opposition.

Pré carré revisted

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Naming of parts

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