SOUTH AFRICA: Burning Bridges Between Races

A crackdown on dissent, "come hell or high water"

Under cover of darkness last week, South African police loosed the country's most draconian wave of repression in almost two decades. Cruising the predawn streets of ghettos from Durban and Cape Town to Soweto outside Johannesburg, they detained within hours many of the best-known black leaders in the country, more than 50 in all. In addition, under orders issued by Pretoria's Minister of Justice James Kruger, South Africa's largest black newspaper, The World (circ. 146,000), was banned and its editor, Percy Qoboza, jailed...

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