April 2, 1990 |
The African National Congress' decision to suspend planned talks with Pretoria, imperiling the South African peace process even before it begins, is a clear sign that ANC leaders and their supporters remain deeply divided over the idea of negotiating with the white-led government, analysts said Sunday.
April 4, 1990 |
Heavily armed soldiers and police patrolled strife-torn areas of Natal province Tuesday, and reinforcements began mobilizing in an effort to halt a week of fighting that has left 55 dead, scores wounded and thousands homeless. Witnesses said there are many army troops in the ravaged area of the Edendale Valley on the outskirts of Natal's capital of Pietermaritzburg. The troops were first deployed when the fighting between rival black factions erupted a week ago.
December 31, 1990 |
A policeman and four civilians were shot or stabbed to death in political and factional black violence in strife-torn Natal province, police said Sunday. The violence followed an outburst of fighting in black townships of the Indian Ocean province on Friday that left 12 people dead in the most serious clashes since Christmas Day.
July 19, 1990 |
Nelson Mandela, concluding a six-week, 14-country tour of North America, Europe and Africa, returned home Wednesday on his 72nd birthday, promising to meet with President Frederik W. de Klerk within days to discuss a new round of peace talks. "We with the African National Congress are very keen" to clear the remaining obstacles to formal negotiations, Mandela told an airport news conference.
October 19, 1990 |
President Frederik W. de Klerk, meeting a key demand of the African National Congress, lifted the four-year state of emergency in strife-torn Natal province on Thursday and declared the way clear for constitutional negotiations. With his action, the president also met one of the five conditions necessary for lifting American economic sanctions against Pretoria. Only two conditions remain: the freeing of political prisoners and the repeal of all apartheid legislation.
March 1, 1988 |
In its biggest effort yet to improve black living standards, the South African government announced plans Monday for more than $550 million in new housing, schools and other community facilities in strife-torn Natal province.