South Africa: A Matter of Conscience

When the guns of South Africa's Nationalist police mowed down hundreds of black "rioters" at Sharpeville last March. Richard Ambrose Reeves. 61. Anglican bishop of Johannesburg, rushed to the scene. He talked to the wounded in their hospital beds. Later he announced his findings: none of the rioters had been armed: many had been shot in the back. Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd's Afrikaner government decided that Bishop Reeves was a threat to South Africa's security. Warned of his impending arrest. the bishop fled to England, started work on a book: Shooting at Sharpeville: The Agony of South Africa. Then Bishop...

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