The constitutional proposal that President F. W. de Klerk of South Africa had his National Party endorse sounds appropriate to Northern Ireland or Yugoslavia. And that, of course, is Mr. de Klerk's point. He heads a country of divided population that he thinks should be governed by recognizing, rather than attempting to deny, the divisions.
The ideas of a three-person presidency and coalition government and one legislative house elected by proportional representation do not require close analysis here. Although nothing is defined racially, the scheme would deny total rule to any one party and require a multi-partisan, and therefore probably multi-ethnic, consensus before decisions are taken.
The ruling and formerly all-white National Party, he said, "has never asked for a mandate to hand over complete power to the African National Congress or anybody else. And we are certainly not prepared to exchange one form of domination for another." Small wonder the ANC denounced the proposal as a cynical minority veto on majority rule.