Occasional Paper

Sanctions against South Africa: the changing context

This paper discusses the reasons for sanctions against countries and what the achievement of this supposedly would be. The sanctions by Britain against Rhodesia is discussed in length and continues with answering the question if dialogue and negotiations failed would sanctions be enough to change the political situation in South Africa. The conclusion that is reached indicates that sanctions could cause hardships for South Africa and this is now causing the South African government to adopt a more cautious line towards the dangers of sanctions.