Religion: The Black Billy Graham

One of the strongest Christian influences in Africa is a 50-year-old Zulu with a pencil-line mustache and horn-rimmed spectacles who has a knack of persuading criminals to turn in their weapons—and often themselves. Wearing a dark business suit, the Rev. Nicholas Bhengu stands on a packing-case platform and says quietly in Zulu: "Ubugekengu abukhokheli lutho [Crime does not pay]."* There is a movement in the crowd, especially among the young toughs in ducktail haircuts, dungarees and safari jackets. "Nike-lani izikhali zenu nani ku Nkulunkulu [Surrender your arms and yourself to God]," he...

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