South Africa: Apartheid's New Upheaval

As black townships simmer, divestiture divides the U.S.

In white-dominated South Africa a stern Dutch Calvinist concept of law-and-order still holds sway. But suddenly many of the country's segregated black townships are becoming ungovernable. After a brief period of relative calm in June, violence is again on the rise in the black residential areas, with outbursts being reported every day. Last week 13 blacks were killed in the Johannesburg area alone, both by police and by other blacks. In one 24-hour period, 23 violent incidents were reported. Throughout the racially divided country there were fire bombings and grenade attacks in black townships almost every night.

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