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September 25, 1990 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Winnie Mandela and seven former associates were formally indicted Monday in a Soweto magistrate's court on charges of kidnaping and assaulting four black activists nearly two years ago. A trial date was set for Feb. 4. Mandela, sitting with her husband, Nelson Mandela, in the front row of the spare township courtroom, rose and solemnly stepped up into the wooden dock with her co-defendants when Judge T. F. Veldman called her name. She joined the case as "accused No. 8."
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November 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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September 19, 1990 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Winnie Mandela, the fiery and controversial wife of the African National Congress leader, will be tried on charges of kidnaping and assault in the December, 1988, beatings of four young black men at her Soweto home, authorities said Tuesday. Klaus von Lieres, attorney general for the Johannesburg district, said he decided to file the charges "because of my duty . . . to uphold and apply the law to all alike." Mandela, 54, will stand trial with seven members of her former retinue of bodyguards.
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June 18, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Eugene TerreBlanche, a neo-Nazi leader who once promised a race war in South Africa, received a six-year prison sentence for assaults on two black men. Pending an appeal, he was released on $4,444 bail raised by supporters of his Afrikaner Resistance Movement.
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March 13, 1991 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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June 5, 1993 | Associated Press
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.
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February 6, 1991 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 12, 1991 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 14, 1991 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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April 24, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A court convicted white supremacist leader Eugene TerreBlanche of attempted murder in a March 1996 attack on black employee Paul Motshabi, 27, who suffered severe brain damage. TerreBlanche was also convicted of serious assault on another black, John Thembeni Ndzima, in November. Both men worked in a security firm that was run by TerreBlanche. Bail was set at $225, which was raised by TerreBlanche's conservative supporters in the Potchefstroom court about 100 miles southwest of Johannesburg.
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April 28, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The body of a Zulu princess who was hacked and stabbed to death has been found on the grounds of a workers' dormitory controlled by the Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party. Princess Nonhlanhla Zulu, 35, disappeared during a gang attack on a royal residence in KwaMashu township near Durban. Her body was found in a soccer field at the workers' dormitory, police said.
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January 30, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Gunmen opened fire Monday on hundreds of people waiting in the predawn cold to apply for factory jobs, killing eight and wounding 23. About seven men armed with assault rifles and handguns walked up to the crowd outside the N F Die Casting factory and opened fire, Police Supt. Wikus Weber said, citing witnesses. The attackers and almost all the people waiting outside the factory in Alberton, southeast of Johannesburg, were black. The gunmen fled in the dark, police said.
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April 22, 1994 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As reports of pre-election violence and intimidation plummeted nationwide, senior political leaders Thursday predicted a 95% turnout when the country's long-disenfranchised black majority goes to the polls for the first time next week.
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January 31, 1994 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As security chief of this nation's first renegade radio station, Pieter le Roux is clearly proud of his handiwork. Atop a treeless hill, past the roadblocks and armed guards, is a newly dug moat. Razor wire bristles on a fence, and gun ports dot a concrete wall beside the gate. Inside are two lines of trenches topped with sandbags. Then chest-high barricades of sandbags, and a wall of tires filled with dirt, protect the broadcast tower and tiny studio. But the rebel redoubt isn't quite complete.
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August 7, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gunmen killed five passengers and wounded 15 on a train carrying commuters from black townships into Johannesburg. The gunmen raced through the train ordering women to lie down, then opened fire on male passengers. More than 130 people have died in six days of violence in townships near Johannesburg.
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July 17, 1991 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Winnie Mandela was granted permission Tuesday to appeal her convictions for kidnaping and assault, ensuring that it will be at least a year before she has to face the prospect of beginning a six-year prison term. Judge Michael S. Stegmann, who had found Mandela guilty after a three-month trial, said that while he thought his verdict correct, there is a "reasonable prospect" that a higher court might overturn it.
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March 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A gang apparently linked to the Inkatha Freedom Party stabbed and beat commuters on a Soweto-bound train after complaining that some of the passengers were singing songs of the African National Congress, victims said. The attack Thursday night left 18 people wounded. It came just hours after delegations of the ANC and Inkatha, the two main black opposition groups, agreed to work together to stop an outburst of violence that has left scores dead in three Johannesburg-area black townships.
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June 5, 1993 | Associated Press
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.
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