Assuming, as I think we can, that the current 'homeland' system provides an untenable starting point, Mr Hall's hope of peacefully partitioning these patently indistinct 'tribal' groups seems wildly optimistic. This is surely a recipe for bloody ethnic conflicts in a whole batch of new states instead of just one. And in a country in which no constituency has a majority of whites, the creation of a democratically governed white state would require the kind of comprehensive relocation of blacks that even apartheid never achieved.
It is a reassuring consistency in this country's turbulent history that the ANC - South Africa's oldest and still its most popular political movement - has always been a non-racial, multi-ethnic organisation. These principles must surely remain the key to minimising bloodshed in the New South Africa.