Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Organizers of an all-white, separatist community in South Africa say the town's founder, Carel Boshoff, has died. He was 83.

Lida Strydom, spokeswoman for the community of Orania, said Wednesday that Boshoff died of cancer. Despite the town's right-wing ideals, Nelson Mandela, current President Jacob Zuma and other political leaders within mostly black South Africa have visited Orania. In 1990, Mandela traveled to Orania to have coffee with the widow of Hendrik Verwoerd, the prime minister who was apartheid's chief architect.

Boshoff founded the privately owned community of 900 people, located in South Africa's northern province, in 1991 as South Africa transitioned from a white-ruled apartheid government to a democracy.


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