March 13, 1991 |
For four grueling days, a stocky, silver-haired lawyer stood in court with his hands on his hips and his long, black robe swept behind him. He often glanced from side to side, a look of exasperation plainly evident on his face. "Why," George Bizos asked the witness, Kenneth Kgase, "do you find it necessary to lie, Mr. Kgase? Why do you lie?" "I have no answer," said Kgase, speaking softly and glancing nervously from Bizos to the judge. "I'm going to suggest to you, Mr.
November 13, 2000 |
Two traffic officers stood by and watched as a white man attacked a high-level black American businessman, the Sunday Independent newspaper reported. Ron Gault, head of the U.S. investment bank J.P. Morgan's office in South Africa, suffered a broken nose in the attack. The officers, who remain on duty, are being investigated for failing to arrest the attacker, police spokesman Inspector Willem de Villiers told the Associated Press on Sunday. The incident occurred Oct.
June 5, 1993 |
Fifteen people were killed in a series of apparently unrelated attacks in Natal province, police said Friday. Gunmen killed four people overnight at a home near Estcourt, about 240 miles southeast of Johannesburg, said police Capt. Henry Budhram. Budhram said two later attacks in the Estcourt area left seven people dead but that there was no evidence the same attackers had carried out the killings.
February 6, 1991 |
A motion to dismiss Winnie Mandela's kidnaping and assault charges for being too vague was rejected Tuesday by the trial judge, who said the black liberation leader's wife has been "fairly advised of the case against her." But Justice M. S. Stegmann, sitting in Rand Supreme Court, agreed with Mandela's attorneys that the indictment had become "diffusely scattered" by amendments made since the trial opened Monday.
February 12, 1991 |
The kidnaping and assault trial of Winnie Mandela was abruptly postponed Monday when prosecutors said one of their key witnesses had been abducted the previous night from a church home where he was being hidden. The missing witness, Gabriel Mekgwe, 22, had testified in a related trial last year that he and three other black men were held at the Mandela home in 1988 and beaten with whips and fists by Winnie Mandela and her followers.
February 14, 1991 |
Two young black men who claim that they were beaten by Winnie Mandela two years ago took the witness stand here Wednesday but refused to testify, saying that their lives would be in danger. "I've got to make a decision between my obligation (to testify) and my life," one of the witnesses, Kenneth Kgase, told Judge Michael S. Stegmann. "I really want my life. I like my life."