JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A fire today destroyed the headquarters of a group working for the release of jailed black leader Nelson Mandela. The group's spokesman blamed security police, but authorities termed the charge "ludicrous" and arrested the man.
Elsewhere, four blacks were reported killed in unrest around the country, including a bus driver who was stoned to death Wednesday night in the black township of Soweto when a mob attacked his bus.
Spokesman Pat Rogers said this morning that the Putco Bus Co. has suspended indefinitely all service to the community of 1.5 million located near Johannesburg. The suspension cuts service to about 150,000 Sowetans who commute to Johannesburg, he said.
Aubrey Mokoena, publicity secretary of the Release Mandela Committee, said a bomb went off at 4 a.m. in the two-room office in central Johannesburg, setting a fire that demolished furniture, files, stacks of T-shirts and posters.