February 7, 1998 |
What distinguished the heist in this affluent Johannesburg suburb from a rash of others across South Africa was the blood in the street. It was running from the bad guys for a change. Three would-be robbers were gunned down this week by police officers and security guards after a failed attempt to hold up an armored vehicle. The late-morning shootout sent bullets flying through the nearby industrial park, grazing cars and whistling past office workers at their desks.
January 6, 1997 |
South African police arrested two white men in connection with three bomb blasts near Johannesburg, the second incident in two weeks in which white right-wingers are suspected. Two black men were injured slightly in an explosion at a mosque in Rustenburg. A post office and shop were also bombed. Police said Christiaan Harmse, 26, and Pierre Jacobs, 32, both mine workers, were arrested and held without bail.
December 25, 1996 |
Two explosions in a crowded shopping area during the hectic Christmas Eve rush Tuesday killed three people, injured dozens and stunned residents of this sleepy town near Cape Town. "I am so sad," sobbed Jan April, who clung to his wife at a local hospital where their 9-year-old daughter, Juanina, was pronounced dead on arrival. "Whoever did this is cruel, very cruel." The early afternoon blasts at a large grocery store and a pharmacy a few blocks away were caused by pipe bombs, Police Supt.
September 28, 1996 |
With his buck teeth and giant girth, Craig Williamson was described in a newspaper here last year as having the "amiable appearance of an overweight Bugs Bunny." But his long career as a secret agent for the apartheid regime was no joke. He has admitted to bombings that killed two women and a young girl in London, Angola and Mozambique, and to running covert operations to spread disinformation and collect intelligence in Washington and elsewhere.
April 27, 1994 |
Democracy dawned with a flourish across South Africa on Tuesday as hospital patients, pensioners, the disabled and other "special voters" flocked to this country's first all-race polls in unexpectedly high numbers and remarkably good spirits. The opening day of the historic three-day election for the post-apartheid government was marred by widespread confusion and hundreds of complaints of logistic problems and technical glitches at urban and rural polling stations.
April 26, 1994 |
A 220-pound bomb ripped through a crowded taxi stand used by blacks in this conservative city Monday, killing 10. Two more people died later in a restaurant blast in Pretoria as the deadliest wave of right-wing terrorism in the nation's history hit South Africa on the eve of all-race elections.