South Africa: Civil Death

South Africa is putting to increasing use one of the newest weapons in its arsenal of repression: house arrests. So far Justice Minister Johannes Balthazar Vorster has wielded it against 13 men and women, subjecting them without trial to what one opposition politician called "civil death."

For the next five years, they may not leave their homes from dusk to dawn; four of them may not go out even during the day. None may receive callers, except a doctor or clergyman. Those permitted to leave their homes during the day must report regularly...

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