May 30, 1987 |
South African commandos, apparently hunting insurgents of the African National Congress, raided the Mozambican capital of Maputo early Friday and killed three people, Mozambique's official AIM news agency reported. Four attacks, all near the presidential palace in Maputo's well-to-do Polana district, were carried out simultaneously about 3 a.m. by heavily armed, four-man squads. They got away by boat after blowing up their cars on the Maputo seafront, according to the news agency.
July 13, 1987 |
A group of prominent white South Africans joined the outlawed African National Congress in a declaration Sunday, pledging to campaign to end apartheid and establish a democratic political system in their country. South Africa's whites, as well as blacks, "have an obligation to act for the achievement of this objective," the two groups said, although "different strategies" will be used in what they declared "a common struggle" against continued minority white rule in Pretoria.
May 22, 1987 |
A clinic founded by black activist Winnie Mandela was destroyed by fire Thursday in a small town where she lived in internal exile for eight years. Police said arson was suspected. Mandela, wife of jailed African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, told reporters she believes the fire was set in retaliation for two car bombings Wednesday. The government has blamed ANC guerrillas for the blasts, which killed three white policemen and injured 15 people outside a Johannesburg courthouse.
December 6, 2013 |
From European royal palaces to impoverished African townships, anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was remembered Friday for his tireless fight against injustice and racism and celebrated for the better world he left behind. Former South African President Frederik W. de Klerk, with whom Mandela negotiated an end to the brutal racist regime in his homeland, recalled the man who succeeded him as head of state as "a force for reconciliation and social justice" to the end. "It was an honor for me to have been able to work with Mr. Mandela in the process that led to the adoption of the interim constitution and our first democratic elections in April 1994," De Klerk said in a statement of condolence.
November 6, 1986 |
A white African National Congress guerrilla who pleaded guilty to treason and arson charges and admitted she bombed police stations was sentenced today to 25 years in prison. "Had lives been lost, you would almost certainly have received the death sentence," Justice P. J. Van der Walt told Marion Sparg as he passed sentence on her. As Van der Walt pronounced sentence, some spectators in court shouted "amandla, " the Zulu word for "power."
June 4, 1998 |
A notorious apartheid-era police colonel linked former President Pieter W. Botha to violent attacks on anti-government groups. The former colonel, Eugene de Kock, who is serving a 212-year sentence for murders and other crimes, testified that he bombed the London offices of the then-banned African National Congress, or ANC, a South African church headquarters and trade union offices during Botha's 1978-89 rule.
November 4, 1986 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met today with African National Congress President Oliver Tambo and pledged the Soviet Union's support in the ANC's battle to overthrow the South African system of apartheid. Tass, the official press agency, said both leaders denounced the U.S. policy of constructive engagement with Pretoria and Washington's interference in the internal affairs of neighboring Angola through its support of Jonas Savimbi's UNITA rebel group.
July 10, 1987 |
Fifty prominent white South Africans, defying their government, opened three days of talks with the outlawed African National Congress here Thursday on a strategy to end apartheid and establish a democratic political system for their country. Frederick van Zyl Slabbert, leader of the white delegation of politicians, businessmen, clergy, academics, writers and students, said the meeting would discuss "alternatives to the brutal catastrophe unfolding inside our common fatherland."
August 16, 1987 |
Joe Slovo is the man most feared by white South Africans, the man whose calls for greater "revolutionary violence" seem intended to plunge the country into chaos, the man whose dreams of a Communist South Africa give them nightmares.
December 5, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - An irritable man who got cross when he couldn't have his favorite brand of mineral water? A fusser who obsessively folded his daily newspapers just so, who got annoyed if things weren't lined up in their precise order? An aloof man who nonetheless flirted with any pretty young woman he met? Could these accounts really tally with one of the world's most beloved men, Nelson Mandela? In his lifetime, Mandela always insisted that he wasn't a saint, and by all accounts was quite irritated with the gilded view of him as an almost mystical figure.