October 5, 1987
The death toll from floods in South Africa's Natal province was revised upward to 205, while estimates of the number of people left homeless ranged from 55,000 to as many as 590,000. Health Minister Willem van Niekerk said 118 people are missing after five days of heavy rains and flooding last week.
December 30, 1995 |
The killers came 600 to 1,000 strong, marching for miles over steep hills and down lush valleys, beating cowhide shields and waving traditional Zulu spears and knobbed clubs, as well as modern assault rifles and two-way radios.
May 9, 1985 |
Eleven blacks were killed and scores more injured here Wednesday when migrant workers, armed with traditional tribal weapons, swept Tsakane in wave upon wave of attacks to avenge the deaths of two colleagues. Forming 200-man impis, the battle unit of the Zulu tribe, and arming themselves with spears, machetes, axes, clubs and makeshift weapons of all sorts, the migrants attacked men, women and even children in fighting that began late Tuesday and lasted most of Wednesday.
January 31, 1993 |
Africa, which already has more independent countries than any other continent, is in danger of splitting again, with potential untold violence on the chaotic horizon. Will Eritrea be its 53rd nation-state, or western Sahara, southern Sudan or northern Somaliland? Africa's 52 countries--most attained sovereignty from European control in the 1960s--make up about 30% of the world total. Six African countries are perennially among the 10 poorest on Earth, according to the World Bank.
July 27, 1986 |
Live every day as though it were your last, and one day you'll be right. --Breaker Morant Psychologically speaking, there's no true leisure class in South Africa, where everybody, to one degree or another, is embattled. That may in part account for why virtually all of its serious art and literature has an unadorned, penetrating directness, and an edge of sorrow for all that has happened and all that's about to happen. Everyone knows that time is running out--for many, it already has.
March 23, 1996 |
Gunmen killed 11 people, including a woman and her infant, in an overnight attack in volatile KwaZulu-Natal province, police said. The bodies of seven victims were found in a house in Donnybrook, a township 270 miles southeast of Johannesburg in the traditional Zulu homeland. Four other bodies, including an infant who apparently suffocated under the body of its slain mother, were found in different places within half a mile of the house, Police Superintendent Henry Budhram said.