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The last missionary

The South African "celebration" is fraying. Even liberal whites are frightened and many are leaving. RW Johnson, who last year returned to South Africa from Oxford, explains why they are worried but why he plans to stay

By RW Johnson   November 1996

In one sense the white minority of South Africa (roughly 5.5m people out of a total population of 40m) is only now getting used to being a minority. It is not just that until the last few years it had the political, economic and military power that normally only majorities have but, at a certain level, it actually felt it was, if not exactly a majority, at least somehow more authentically South African than black or brown South Africans could ever be.

Whites (even English-speaking whites) used to say things like: “So-and-so’s a real South African-he loves rugby, boerewors and…

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