SOUTH AFRICA: Riot at the Mai-Mai

The afternoon began like most sunny Saturday afternoons in Johannesburg. At 1 o'clock, the shopkeepers rolled up their shutters, and most of the city's white workers headed for their suburban homes or to tennis courts and golf courses. The city's Negro laborers, in no hurry to get back to their squalid quarters, repaired to the Mai-Mai, a huge, government-run beer hall that serves the only alcoholic drink legally available to South Africa's blacks, a weak brew officially known as Kaffirbeer (which Negroes often spike).

Quarrels being the order of the day at the Mai-Mai, it took only a few Kaffir-beers...

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