A Letter from the Publisher: Aug. 5, 1985

As the South African government imposed its state of emergency, TIME's Johannesburg bureau mobilized to report this week's cover story on the civil unrest and the system of apartheid that fosters it. Violence was an ever present concern. Photographers Selwyn Tait and William Campbell have been repeatedly gassed by police and stoned by residents during recent ventures into black townships. Says Campbell: "As a white, one can almost feel the hate while driving through the streets. The stones that residents used to throw at our cars have now been replaced by half-bricks."

South African-born, Soweto-reared Photographer Peter Magubane returned to work...

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