April 17, 1994 |
The sky is cloudless and the summer sun is scorching. Thousands of blacks have packed a soccer stadium in Maokeng, a dusty sprawl of matchbox homes and tin-roofed shanties. Beside the field, a crowd is squashed inside a chain-link fence, and crying children are passed back over a sea of heads to safety. Other people hang on trees and fences, or cling to lampposts.
November 16, 1989 |
The beaches of South Africa were thrown open to all races today, in time for blacks to enjoy the summer holiday in areas where they could not go under apartheid laws. President Frederik W. de Klerk also said he will soon desegregate other recreational facilities. Over the last three years, segregation on the beaches has been gradually lifted, but two beaches in Cape Town, five in Durban and many in other resorts remained reserved for South Africa's white minority.
February 6, 1991 |
British Prime Minister John Major has called for the lifting of sports sanctions against South Africa in response to South African President Frederik de Klerk's program to abolish apartheid.
September 27, 1996 |
Eugene de Kock, a former death squad leader, dropped another courtroom bombshell Thursday by implicating an apartheid-era South African spy in the still-unsolved assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme a decade ago. De Kock said "Operation Long Reach"--the now-defunct South African military intelligence project headed by operative Craig Williamson--"played a role" in the murder of Palme, a staunch apartheid foe.
September 8, 1993 |
Negotiators agreed Tuesday on a draft law that would give blacks a role in running the country for the first time. The bill would set up an all-races transitional council even before multiracial elections in April. The law, requiring parliamentary approval, would require President Frederik W. de Klerk to consult on any major matters.
December 14, 1989 |
South African President Frederik W. de Klerk will visit Maputo on Friday for talks with President Joaquim Chissano, the Mozambican AIM news agency announced Wednesday. De Klerk met Chissano in Maputo last July before he became South Africa's state president.