SOUTH AFRICA: Nights of Rage and Gunfire

Nonwhite townships erupt in a new upheaval with more than 40 dead

"The soil of our country is destined to be the scene of the fiercest fight and the sharpest battles to rid our continent of the last vestiges of white minority rule."

That defiant declaration by Nelson Mandela, the black political leader who has been imprisoned for the past 17 years, has become an underground credo in South Africa ever since it was smuggled out of the Robben Island prison. Last week Mandela's grim prophecy seemed to be coming true even sooner and more viciously than expected. In both...

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