The most important questions are: will it be safe to vote, and will people believe that this is so? If these questions are to be answered in the affirmative, it is essential that the KwaZulu police, which is Inkatha's private army, and the Internal Stability Unit, which is widely feared, play no part in policing the elections. This is a task that will have to be undertaken by the South African police. Unhappily, they are still widely distrusted.
We therefore believe that the international community should provide a monitor, in a UN helmet, at every polling station to keep order, and to play the role that British policemen played, so successfully, in Zimbabwe's first elections. We believe, too, that experienced police advisers, from the rest of the world, should be made available at police headquarters and at every police station that is involved in the election. We think the international community should also offer to provide a reserve peace-keeping force of four to five battalions to be at the disposal of the Electoral Commission, which will be responsible for the conduct of the election.
The international help should be co-ordinated by the United Nations. The prize of a democratic, free, prosperous South Africa is a great one. We were assured by ministers that help would be welcomed. The international community must not fail South Africa.
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