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THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / SOUTH AFRICA

19,000 Under Apartheid to Be Paid $3,890 Each

April 16, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

South African President Thabo Mbeki said his government would make a one-time payment of about $3,890 each to thousands of victims of apartheid. He also said his government would not be party to class-action lawsuits in U.S. courts seeking billions of dollars in damages from local and foreign companies accused of benefiting from nearly 50 years of white-minority rule.

Mbeki said more than 19,000 victims of apartheid identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would get the onetime payment.

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