February 23, 1996 |
Sixteen black children, freshly scrubbed and in prim new uniforms, marched nervously past riot police and a fence topped with razor wire here Thursday to desegregate a public primary school, smashing a racial barrier that has stood for more than a century. The Potgietersrus Primary School was nearly empty, however, because most of its approximately 700 white students stayed home.
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September 5, 1996 |
When Betsy Stelck visited South Africa with her husband in 1965, it was a country of contrasts, a racially divided nation where black children were routinely denied the educational opportunities provided to whites. Thirty-one years later, the veteran educator returned to the post-apartheid nation not as a tourist but a participant in a summit designed to improve the state of South African education.
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.
February 26, 1991 |
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela and South African President Frederik W. de Klerk agreed in Cape Town that the country's segregated school system needs a radical overhaul. They also agreed to form a joint committee to work toward equal education. The committee is expected to make recommendations within six weeks.
April 28, 1987 |
Police fired birdshot and tear gas and used whips Monday in running battles with hundreds of student protesters, both blacks and whites, at the University of Cape Town. It was believed to be the first clash in which police fired guns to control rioting at a predominantly white school, and it was one of the most violent campus disturbances since a national state of emergency was declared in June, 1986.
February 27, 1996 |
A former whites-only school that was forced to admit blacks has suspended plans to fight the decision in South Africa's highest court. "There's a formal withdrawal before the judges. The case will not proceed," Constitutional Court Registrar Martie Nienhaber said Monday.