July 26, 1993 |
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.
September 9, 1992 |
The killing of up to 28 African National Congress supporters by black troops in South Africa's Ciskei homeland sent relations between the government and its opponents to a new low Tuesday. But it also highlighted something both sides know, that negotiations between blacks and whites remain South Africa's only hope for peace and democracy. The credibility of both President Frederik W.
June 26, 1991 |
Gunmen fired on a packed commuter train Tuesday in the black township of Soweto, killing six people and injuring 18, police said. Officers said they did not have a motive for the attack. But it was similar to several incidents on black commuter trains in the last year that were believed linked to factional fighting in the townships. Police spokesman Col. Tienie Halgryn said three of the injured were in serious condition after the 6 a.m. shooting.
July 7, 1994 |
Gunmen opened fire Wednesday on taxi vans and cars on a road south of Johannesburg, killing 11 people and wounding 11 others.
July 27, 1993 |
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.
April 18, 1993 |
As thousands of South Africans marched in peaceful protest on Saturday, a white gunman opened fire on demonstrators in a conservative town south of Johannesburg, killing two black marchers and critically wounding a third. A white man with alleged links to right-wing groups was arrested at the scene of the attack, which followed a week of often-violent protests stemming from the April 10 assassination of black nationalist leader Chris Hani by a white gunman.
January 30, 1996 |
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.