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.
January 30, 1999 |
South African Minister for Safety and Security Sydney Mufamadi vowed to end a wave of urban terror in Cape Town and catch the bombers who injured 11 people in a blast in the city Thursday. Police said earlier that Thursday's bomb at Cape Town's main police station was similar to 15 others used in attacks attributed to militant Muslims in the tourist center. Nine of the 11 victims were treated in hospitals. All but five, who were awaiting surgery for wounds and burns, were quickly released.
February 6, 1994 |
The late-night bomb exploded without warning, shattering windows in five shops and offices and scattering shrapnel that cratered concrete, pierced metal frames and splintered wood furniture. Amid the broken glass and debris, the target was obvious: The bomb--one of at least 30 tallied by police since late December--had been placed on the doormat of the recently opened office of the African National Congress.
July 15, 1990 |
A suspected hand-grenade attack killed a black man in Johannesburg on Saturday and injured 10 people just hours after a black hotel waiter died in a bomb blast. Altogether, three explosions rocked the city, ending a weeklong lull in urban terrorism blamed on white extremists opposed to racial reform. The first explosion ripped through an alleyway outside a hotel in the western suburb of Florida shortly after midnight Friday, killing the black waiter.
June 14, 1988 |
Accusing South Africa of sponsoring "terrorism" and engaging in "blatant aggression" against its neighbors, Michael S. Dukakis said Monday that if elected President he "would not rule out" giving military aid to the "front-line" states bordering the white-ruled nation.
December 15, 1988
A South African judge sentenced a guerrilla commander and nine others to terms ranging from two to 15 years for staging grenade and bomb attacks. Ashley Forbes, 22, commander of African National Congress guerrilla units in the Cape Town area, received a 15-year sentence after being convicted of a bomb attack at a bus shelter and three grenade attacks on homes of policemen. Sentenced to 14 years each were Peter Jacobs, 23, and Nicklo Pedro, 20. Anglican Archbishop Desmond M.