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Botha pledges inquiry into Army takeover plan

South African Prime Minister Pieter Botha disassociated himself Monday from a leaked document revealing a secret Army plan to intervene in politics. In a statement read to Parliament in Cape Town on his behalf, Mr. Botha, who is also defense minister, said a formal inquiry would be held into the document's origin , compilation, and contents.

The prime minister ordered a copy of the document to be on his desk this morning after excerpts were published by the Johannesburg Sunday Times yesterday causing an immediate uproar.

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The document, published at greater length today in the Sunday Times's sister Rand Daily Mail, instructed military departments to carry out a strategy "to nullify the opposition's attack on the prime minister during the budget debate."


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