Botha Asks Black Advisory Role

Associated Press

President Pieter W. Botha today asked the President's Council, a parliamentary advisory body, to draft plans to add blacks to its membership for the first time.

The 60-member council currently includes 41 whites, 13 people of mixed racial background and 6 Asians. Botha has said in recent months that he is committed to devising some form of power-sharing with blacks in a system that protects the rights of whites and other minorities, but he has not offered any detailed plans apart from ruling out a one-man, one-vote system.

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