July 31, 1992 |
The South African government cleared the way for U.N. observers to monitor pro-democracy protests, but it said international help is of limited use in reviving stalled political negotiations. President Frederik W. de Klerk reiterated that his white-minority administration will not be forced from power by demonstrations planned next week by Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. The ANC has called a general strike for Monday and Tuesday as part of a week of heightened protests.
January 28, 1992 |
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators on Monday, band also arrested a leader of the militant Pan-Africanist Congress. The Pan-Africanists, a black nationalist group, said they believe several people were hurt in the incident at a stadium in Ennerdale, a mixed-race area near Johannesburg. But police said they were not aware of any injuries. About 500 to 1,000 people had gathered at the stadium to protest rents, electricity prices and other grievances.
June 18, 1990 |
Black anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has said his African National Congress is negotiating with right-wing white leaders to persuade them to support South African President Frederik W. de Klerk's racial reforms, Time magazine reported Sunday. In an interview in this week's edition, Time asked Mandela what contacts the ANC has had with the right wing. "We don't want to go into those details now because these are very delicate negotiations," it quoted him as replying.
February 24, 1990 |
Black nationalist leader Nelson R. Mandela met Friday with parliamentary opposition leaders at his home in the black township of Soweto, while more than 1,500 anti-apartheid demonstrators staged a pro-democracy protest in downtown Johannesburg. Officials of the Democratic Party, the main white anti-apartheid party, and the United Democratic Front, an anti-apartheid coalition, joined the leader of Parliament's mixed-race chamber in an hourlong discussion with Mandela.
February 16, 1990 |
As Nelson R. Mandela spoke earnestly here of his desire to allay white fears of a black government, 10,000 right-wing whites marched through the streets of Pretoria on Thursday to decry the black nationalist leader's freedom. "The New South Africa: Farewell Whites," proclaimed one of the placards above the crowd, some of whom chanted: "Hang Mandela!" The white-led protest, a rarity before President Frederik W.
December 7, 1990 |
The African National Congress demanded an interim government Thursday in three rallies that drew 18,000 supporters, and it threatened to increase pressure if its demands are not met. ANC leader Mac Maharaj told about 10,000 people in downtown Johannesburg, "We say to the government: 'Stop stalling on negotiations!' " Maharaj said those who have presided over the apartheid system must not be allowed to oversee change.
January 25, 1990 |
Police opened fire Wednesday on black demonstrators stoning a police vehicle during an anti-government protest in the gold mining town of Carletonville, 50 miles west of Johannesburg, killing two blacks and wounding three others, police said. Thirteeen blacks were arrested.
May 5, 1990 |
Heralding a diplomatic breakthrough, South Africa's white-led government and the African National Congress wrapped up three days of talks here Friday with a commitment to end escalating violence and to pursue "a peaceful process toward negotiations" to end apartheid.
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.