Sport for Clerks

Afrikaners Gideon Blignaut, 24 and Antonie Botha, 22, were at work in Johannesburg's Pass Office. When Robert Chanke, an elderly Negro from upcountry Transvaal, shuffled into their room seeking a work permit, the white clerks tried to make him admit illegal entry from Rhodesia. Chanke insisted that he lived in a Transvaal kraal, had a right to work in Johannesburg.

Blignaut and Botha ushered Chanke into another room, slipped a noose around his neck, threw the rope end over a beam. Then they ordered the sweating native to stand on a chair and jump. Chanke collapsed, unconscious. The noise brought...

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