Volume 2 - 1994
The March 21 edition of ‘Time’ magazine contained an article on the overthrow of Bophuthatswana entitled “Apartheid Apocalypse”. As an example of media manipulation and inaccurate reporting the article is more typical of an ANC propaganda pamphlet than of a news report.
The writer reveals his political prejudices in the first sentence describing Bophuthatswana as “a black homeland.. .created by the South African engineers of Apartheid. “Bophuthatswana was an independent nation and the Tswana nation was hardly the creation of anyone. Even the British (who had annexed the then Bechuanaland) recognised the reality of the Tswana nation and granted independence to Botswana in 1960. However, when South Africa granted independence to the rest of the Tswanas in 1977 this was decried as “apartheid”!