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.
August 27, 1996 |
A former police officer who headed apartheid's most notorious death squad--a state-sanctioned unit that carried out grisly bombings, assassinations and other atrocities--was convicted Monday on five counts of murder. Former police Col. Eugene de Kock, a key figure in the "dirty war" waged by the white minority regime against black liberation forces, is the first senior security officer to be convicted of apartheid-related offenses since the nation's first all-race elections in April 1994.
August 23, 1996 |
Opening its files for the first time, the African National Congress admitted Thursday that its members and supporters had committed grisly human rights violations during the bitter struggle against white rule but insisted the abuses were not "official policy." Thabo Mbeki, deputy president of both the ANC and the government, apologized to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for what he called "excesses" and said he "deeply regrets" the civilian deaths.
August 22, 1996 |
In the four months since this nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission began investigating the apartheid era, hundreds of victims and survivors have described in agonizing detail how successive white, racist governments used murder, torture and other atrocities to oppress the black majority and keep a tight grip on power. Many pleaded, often in tears, simply for an explanation as to who had ordered such gruesome abuses, and why. On Wednesday, the white former president, Frederik W.
July 26, 1996 |
South Africa's most powerful court rejected attempts by the families of murdered activists, including Steve Biko, to prevent apartheid-era killers from being pardoned if they confess. The 11-member Constitutional Court ruled that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission had the right to grant amnesty to people who committed human rights abuses under apartheid if they tell all about their crimes. Biko, whose story was told in the film "Cry Freedom," was killed in police detention in 1977.
April 17, 1996 |
The woman suddenly arched back in her chair, her mouth clenched in a silent scream. Then she began to wail, sobbing loud and long in aching cries that echoed across the crowded hall. Nomonde Calata, long-suffering widow and victim of apartheid, was finally having her say. Her husband, Fort Calata, was butchered and burned with three other prominent black resistance leaders in June 1985.
January 5, 1996 |
Apartheid may be over, but ugly racism still separates neighbors Hempies van Rooyan, a gun-toting white Afrikaner, and Ma Maloi, a sharp-tongued black African matriarch. Van Rooyan says all blacks look alike and steal. Maloi says all whites drink and have strong body odor. "You Pondo pygmy!" Van Rooyan shouts over the backyard fence. "You racist baboon!" Maloi thunders back. Meet South Africa's newest, least likely heroes: the cast of "Suburban Bliss."
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September 28, 1995 |
The blond-haired camera crew members looked out of place as they walked the streets of Watts. When they got to Grape Street Elementary School, the youngsters demanded to know where they were from. "You're from South Africa? What are you all doing way up here?" asked one boy incredulously. The television production crew and its 18-year-old star came to Watts last week looking for answers to South Africa's urban problems, particularly those affecting Johannesburg, the country's largest city.
August 20, 1995 |
During apartheid, the Divpac can factory here was known as "Beirut," and with good reason. Racial and political hostilities poisoned labor relations. In 1990, a race riot on the factory floor left more than 30 employees injured. Whites carried handguns as they worked, while blacks brandished knives. Bitter strikes and lockouts were frequent. Adding to the tension, Lee Coetzee, head of the local whites-only union, was regional commandant of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, or AWB.
May 9, 1995 |
A mischievous smile spread across the face of producer Kenosi Modisani as the tape of thickly African-accented English began to roll in the studios of SAfm, the revamped flagship radio station of President Nelson Mandela's new South Africa. "The aunties on pensions hate this: a black man talking about economics," the 36-year-old Modisani said in an acid reference to South Africa's English-speaking elite, which made up an avid audience when the state-owned station was known as Radio South Africa.