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January 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
Police fired tear gas Sunday to prevent street clashes, and officials from the nation's ruling party came under gunfire after the killing of an opposition leader and the massacre of 11 people. Sifiso Nkabinde, 38, a controversial leader of the small United Democratic Movement party, was fatally shot Saturday as he sat in his car in Richmond, a town 300 miles southeast of Johannesburg.
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May 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Three gunmen entered a tavern and, after demanding money from the owner, opened fire on about 30 people inside, killing nine and wounding 10, police said. The robbers made off with $190 and a cellular phone in the attack on the shebeen, or informal tavern, in Elsburg township east of Johannesburg, police Inspector Joep Joubert said. Seven men and two women were killed.
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January 10, 1994 | From Associated Press
Gunfire erupted as a high-level African National Congress delegation toured this violence-plagued township Sunday. Two people, including a journalist, died in the shooting. Abdul Shariff, 31, a South African free-lance photographer on assignment for the Associated Press, was shot once and pronounced dead at Natalspruit Hospital in Katlehong. Witnesses said he was wounded in the back while running across a clearing.
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November 5, 1999 | From Associated Press
Heavily armed police were patrolling this seaside town Thursday after rival minivan taxi operators waged a 15-minute gun battle that left at least 10 dead and 24 wounded, a town official said. The incident was the most serious of its kind in recent years in South Africa, where taxi associations often engage in violent battles to control lucrative commuting routes. The minivan taxis are the main means of transportation for impoverished blacks.
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September 13, 1992 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The killing of 28 African National Congress supporters by black homeland soldiers last week appeared Saturday to have done what four months of demanding and mudslinging from all sides had failed to do--nudge ANC leader Nelson Mandela and President Frederik W. de Klerk back to the discussion table.
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March 28, 1991 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The men with the guns came quietly before dawn Wednesday. This township of tin-scrap shacks was sleeping peacefully beneath a blanket of coal smoke and mist, and the only sound was the singing of the bereaved. Fifty black men, women and children were gathered beneath a tent for an all-night prayer vigil to mourn a mother of three who last week became a senseless statistic in South Africa's factional strife.
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December 29, 1988
A crowd clashed with South African police in a black township in Natal province, and seven men were found shot to death shortly afterward, authorities said. Police denied involvement in the deaths, saying the shootings were part of continuing violence between moderate and militant groups in the province's black townships. Police said the incident began when a group of blacks attacked a black constable guarding a house in Mpumalanga outside Hammarsdale.
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July 12, 1987 | Associated Press
White gunmen shot and killed two members of the outlawed African National Congress guerrilla group and a female companion in Swaziland, South African news agencies reported Saturday. They said the killers' car forced a taxi carrying Paul Dikeledi, Charles Mapunda and the woman off a road outside Mbabane, the Swazi capital, on Thursday. The reports said the two men were shot in the taxi and the woman, Augusto Tsinini, was killed as she attempted to flee. The South African Press Assn.
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May 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Three gunmen entered a tavern and, after demanding money from the owner, opened fire on about 30 people inside, killing nine and wounding 10, police said. The robbers made off with $190 and a cellular phone in the attack on the shebeen, or informal tavern, in Elsburg township east of Johannesburg, police Inspector Joep Joubert said. Seven men and two women were killed.
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May 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
A principal and a teacher opened fire at stone-throwing high school students angered over field-trip fees, killing one and wounding two, police said Friday. The shootings Thursday at a rural school came as South Africans are increasingly worried about school violence and as the country experiences a crime wave. "It's shocking because these things you see on TV, now it's happening in our area," said Mandla Msibi, an education department spokesman.
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January 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
Police fired tear gas Sunday to prevent street clashes, and officials from the nation's ruling party came under gunfire after the killing of an opposition leader and the massacre of 11 people. Sifiso Nkabinde, 38, a controversial leader of the small United Democratic Movement party, was fatally shot Saturday as he sat in his car in Richmond, a town 300 miles southeast of Johannesburg.
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January 30, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Gunmen opened fire Monday on hundreds of people waiting in the predawn cold to apply for factory jobs, killing eight and wounding 23. About seven men armed with assault rifles and handguns walked up to the crowd outside the N F Die Casting factory and opened fire, Police Supt. Wikus Weber said, citing witnesses. The attackers and almost all the people waiting outside the factory in Alberton, southeast of Johannesburg, were black. The gunmen fled in the dark, police said.
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July 7, 1994 | Associated Press
Gunmen opened fire Wednesday on taxi vans and cars on a road south of Johannesburg, killing 11 people and wounding 11 others.
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January 10, 1994 | From Associated Press
Gunfire erupted as a high-level African National Congress delegation toured this violence-plagued township Sunday. Two people, including a journalist, died in the shooting. Abdul Shariff, 31, a South African free-lance photographer on assignment for the Associated Press, was shot once and pronounced dead at Natalspruit Hospital in Katlehong. Witnesses said he was wounded in the back while running across a clearing.
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August 23, 1993 | From Associated Press
A black man with an AK-47 assault rifle opened fire Sunday on a group of blacks planning the burial of a man slain last month, killing 12 people and wounding 20. The shooting occurred near the site of a gruesome political massacre last month, but police and witnesses said the motive was unclear. Most violence between blacks has been linked to the rivalry between Nelson Mandela's African National Congress and the Zulu-dominated Inkatha Freedom Party.
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July 26, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
Black gunmen burst into a church Sunday, attacking the mostly white congregation with two hand grenades and automatic gunfire. Ten people were killed and 53 were wounded, police said. The assault on St. James Church in suburban Cape Town was the deadliest in a series of attacks this year that have targeted white civilians. "I just saw a door burst open and I heard shooting. I dived for cover and then there were two explosions," the Rev. Brian Cameron Cameron said.
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July 27, 1993 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scene inside St. James Church suggested a hopeful new South Africa--a white woman and a colored (mixed-race) man singing a joyous duet, "More Than Wonderful," to a packed congregation of whites and coloreds. But that lovely moment was shattered by the brutal face of another South Africa. As the pair sang, five heavily armed black men burst into the Cape Town church, tossing two hand grenades into the pews and spraying the hallowed halls with gunfire.
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July 26, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
Black gunmen burst into a church Sunday, attacking the mostly white congregation with two hand grenades and automatic gunfire. Ten people were killed and 53 were wounded, police said. The assault on St. James Church in suburban Cape Town was the deadliest in a series of attacks this year that have targeted white civilians. "I just saw a door burst open and I heard shooting. I dived for cover and then there were two explosions," the Rev. Brian Cameron Cameron said.
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