Buthelezi threatens split

Inkatha's leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, threatened to split South Africa's democracy talks and set up a rival forum with his federalist allies of the white right wing and conservative black 'homelands', AFP reports from Ulundi.

Two weeks after negotiators set 27 April next year as the date for South Africa's first non-racial election, Chief Buthelezi told the annual Inkatha conference that such separate negotiating processes could lead to a 'civil war'.