SOUTH AFRICA: Into a Season of Smoke and Fire

A midwinter cold snap hit South Africa last week, bringing snow to some areas and subfreezing temperatures everywhere. Over a number of the black townships that are often wreathed in coal-fire smog, there arose, too, the smoke and flames of arson and the swirling white clouds of police tear gas. By week's end, at least 34 blacks had been killed and 150 injured in renewed rioting across the country. After the June toll of 176 dead in Johannesburg's Soweto township, the eruption of violence raised anew the question of whether South Africa...

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