September 28, 1989 |
Johannesburg's city council voted to end all race segregation in buses, swimming pools and other urban facilities, officials said Wednesday. The management committee of the country's biggest city, dominated by the ruling white National Party, decided Tuesday night to open recreational facilities immediately to black people, deputy chairman Marietta Marx said.
April 12, 1992 |
President Frederik W. de Klerk, launching an unprecedented campaign to woo nonwhite voters to his party, was driven off a podium in this township Saturday by protesters who hurled gravel at him and yanked the plug on his sound system. "We will not be silenced by these threats," De Klerk vowed to cheers before his speech was cut short by the hecklers. "We bring a message of hope, of prosperity, of a place in the sun for all South Africans."
August 28, 1993 |
The stabbing death this week of a popular, 26-year-old Fulbright scholar by a band of angry black youths has served to unify disparate groups of blacks and whites in a powerful way, prompting new calls for an end to street violence. Acting President Pik Botha asked South African leaders Friday to join him in seeking peace, while leaders of the African National Congress offered their help to police in tracking down the killers of Amy Elizabeth Biehl of Newport Beach.
November 26, 2001 |
Thousands of South African men, horrified by an apparent surge in rapes of baby girls, joined women and children in a protest march in Cape Town on Sunday. This crime-weary nation was still reeling from the alleged rape of a 9-month-old girl by six men earlier this month when it was shocked by reports this weekend of the rape of an 8-month-old girl. Sunday's march was to launch a campaign backed by the government to raise awareness of abuse of women and children.
July 14, 2001 |
The last of more than 2,000 squatters left a barren patch of land outside Johannesburg on Friday after authorities demolished all but one of their makeshift shacks. A private security firm, backed by hundreds of armed police, fanned out across the former squatter camp for a second day, tearing down the dwellings. As work crews approached the last shack, belonging to 83-year-old Puleng Elisa Lidimo, angry squatters surrounded the dwelling and vowed to save it.
April 7, 1994 |
After one of the bloodiest weeks in this country's recent history, the military deployed up to 850 more combat troops Wednesday to violence-scarred Zulu townships of Natal province to enforce a state of emergency, which has so far failed to curb bitter factional fighting. The reinforcements, drawn from infantry and light artillery reserve units in Natal, bring the total force here to about 2,000 troops.