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S. AFRICA MAY END 29-YEAR BAN ON ANC

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Lifting the 29-year ban on the African National Congress is possible if the ANC renounces violence, the government delegate to proposed power-sharing talks with the black majority said.

Constitutional Development Minister Gerrit Viljoen, in an interview on a state-run black radio station, also said Tuesday the government recognized the "urgency" of launching the talks but rejected a precise timetable for racial reform.The possibility of lifting the ban on the ANC came two days after the government released seven veteran members of the movement, including 77-year-old Walter Sisulu, who was serving a life term for plotting to topple the government.

Sisulu called Tuesday for tougher economic sanctions against Pretoria to prevent it from retreating to a "strategy of delay," but he acknowledged his own release appeared to signal "a move in the right direction."

Branded a communist terrorist movement bent on seizing power, the ANC was outlawed in 1960.