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S. Africa Panel Urges Black Voting Rights

From Associated Press

A government-appointed commission called Saturday for an end to all apartheid laws and the creation of voting rights for the black majority.

The South African Law Commission said all attempts at race reform are unlikely to succeed unless the government allows the country’s 28 million blacks to participate fully in national elections.

The commission report, which is certain to stir controversy, was the first time a government body has called for black voting rights, although individuals in government have made similar statements.

The commission was appointed by Justice Minister Hendrik J. Coetsee in 1986 and includes officials in the Justice Department, as well as some of the country’s senior judges and legal scholars.

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The government had no immediate comment on the report.


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