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September 15, 1992 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ronnie Kasrils made his first bomb more than 30 years ago with chemicals from a drugstore, a capsule of sulfuric acid and a condom. His target was a government office that issued passes preventing free movement for blacks in South Africa. Kasrils, a "thrilled and scared" white 23-year-old, placed the crude device next to a wall of the pass office, hoping to destroy it. "It wasn't terribly successful," Kasrils said recently with a laugh. "We broke a few doors and windows.
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September 15, 1992 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ronnie Kasrils made his first bomb more than 30 years ago with chemicals from a drugstore, a capsule of sulfuric acid and a condom. His target was a government office that issued passes preventing free movement for blacks in South Africa. Kasrils, a "thrilled and scared" white 23-year-old, placed the crude device next to a wall of the pass office, hoping to destroy it. "It wasn't terribly successful," Kasrils said recently with a laugh. "We broke a few doors and windows.
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NEWS
June 16, 1992
Contending that mass action is the only weapon available to disenfranchised blacks, the African National Congress plans scores of demonstrations today to protest the deadlock in talks with the South African government over ending white minority rule. "There is a smooth road and a rough road to democracy," ANC official Ronnie Kasrils told the Sunday Times newspaper. "The government blocked the smooth road (at the negotiations). We must now travel the rough road." President Frederik W.
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September 17, 1995 | SUSAN SALTER REYNOLDS
WRITING AND BEING by Nadine Gordimer (Harvard: $18.95; 145 pp.) "I think I have been fortunate," writes Gordimer, "in that I was born into the decadence of the colonial period." This is post-April, 1994, South Africa, and Gordimer has for years struggled with the question of whether she could call South Africa her country if she was not allowed to call its people her people. "I am a small matter, but for myself there is something immediate, extraordinary, of strong personal meaning.
NEWS
June 18, 1999 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barely 24 hours on the job, President Thabo Mbeki announced changes Thursday in the Cabinet he inherited from former President Nelson Mandela. There were few new faces, however, and he left important economic posts untouched in a reassuring signal to foreign investors.
NEWS
July 27, 1990 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Frederik W. de Klerk summoned Nelson Mandela to an emergency meeting Thursday night to discuss police allegations that African National Congress operatives, led by Communists in the ANC hierarchy, are plotting an armed insurrection if peace talks break down.
NEWS
November 26, 1995 | From Reuters
President Nelson Mandela described his white deputy, Frederik W. de Klerk, as "a joke" Saturday in a clash over legal indemnity for actions during South Africa's conflict over apartheid. De Klerk, referring to charges of murdering women and children brought against former Defense Minister Gen. Magnus Malan this month, told a party congress in Pretoria that, if Malan was to be charged, then the present black defense minister, Joe Modise, should also be investigated.
NEWS
October 23, 1998 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The truth will come on 3,500 pages in five volumes. It will cover 34 years of this racially torn country's murkiest history, and almost everyone agrees it will hurt. The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is scheduled to be handed to South African President Nelson Mandela next week in a ceremony in Pretoria. The long-awaited missive will officially conclude more than 2 1/2 years of extraordinary inquiry by the government-created panel into the wrongs of the apartheid era.
NEWS
October 1, 1992 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a hard-hitting report, an independent judicial commission ruled Wednesday that the massacre of 28 black protesters by Ciskei homeland troops last month was "quite unjustified and unlawful." And the commission, headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, recommended that the Ciskei soldiers who participated in the "indiscriminate and prolonged shooting," firing 425 rounds of live ammunition and four grenades at unarmed protesters, should be prosecuted.
NEWS
July 8, 1991 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The historic convention of the African National Congress, which ended early Sunday, removed any doubt that supporters of the onetime guerrilla movement are committed to negotiations--but are also deeply suspicious of the white-controlled government. The result of that militant pragmatism is likely to be renewed clashes with the government over ANC protest marches and resistance campaigns, such as the occupation of empty white schools by pupils in severely overcrowded black schools.
NEWS
August 23, 1990 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pleas for peace from white and black leaders went unheeded Wednesday as 100 more black South Africans were stabbed, hacked or burned to death in factional fighting around Johannesburg. The latest killings brought the death toll to more than 500 in the last 10 days. Township streets were barricaded with burning tires, and small bands of Zulu and Xhosa fighters with homemade weapons clashed throughout the day.
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