Ben Levitas will find it instructive to reflect on how and why a state would experience a crisis of legitimacy with specific reference to two apartheid states. (“Only express political opinions if they’re against Israel (!”, March 10).

In 1910, when the Union of SA was established, the minority regime received international de jure recognition, but over the next decades, especially in the second half of the 20th century, the albinocracy faced a growing challenge to its legitimacy — both from within the country and from abroad. The apartheid leadership in the late 1980s saw the writing on the wall and was therefore forced to agree to negotiate for a new and democratic dispensation...

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