SOUTH AFRICA: Soweto: the Students Take Over

Soweto: the Students Take Over

Bloodshed. Hand-to-hand righting in crowded streets. Helicopter-borne police reinforcements swooping down into black ghettos. There were all the signs of another racial conflict in the black townships of white-ruled South Africa last week—all, that is, except one. This time blacks were fighting blacks, not whites, in an outburst of violence over the Christmas holidays that left at least 26 dead in three ghettoized Cape Town suburbs: Langa, Guguletu and Nyanga.

The cause of the black-on-black mayhem was a drive by young black...

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