In South Africa, the ruling Democratic Party of Chief Lucas Mangope appeared certain to win a general election in the black African homeland of Bophuthatswana, which becomes independent in December.
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Background: In South Africa, the ruling Democratic Party of Chief Lucas Mangope appeared certain to win a general election in the black African homeland of Bophuthatswana, which becomes independent in December. It will be the second homeland to separate under the South African policy of the separate development after the Transkei, which has yet to be recognised internationally.
SYNOPSIS: Unlike the Transkei, which became independent last year, Bophuthatswana is divided into six parts divided by large areas of South African territory. Voting began on Wednesday (August 24), and was reported to be slow around and black townships of Johannesburg and pretoria where many of the 375,000 registered voters live. Overall the turnout was said to be between 40 and 75 percent.
There appeared to be little doubt that Chief Mangope's party would take more than half of the 44 seats being contested. His party has already received 48 seats by nomination of the South African government. But many urban blacks are deeply critical of the homeland's forthcoming independence.
Critics say it will bolster the South African policy of apartheid. Chief Herman Maseloane, who lades the opposition to Chief Mangope, has fought independence for several reasons. He has attacked the South African government for failing to grant citizenship to those who do not want to return to the homelands. He has also criticised the fact that Bophuthatswana is divided into so many parts. He called independence a 'fraud'.