SOUTHERN AFRICA: Flash Point

The killing of a black leader

In tense southern Africa, much of the West's anxiety has focused on a possible civil war in Rhodesia. But another potential conflict is just as steadily approaching its flash point. This time the dispute concerns the mineral-rich, South African-administered territory of Namibia (South West Africa). There, last week, in the black township of Katutura, outside the capital of Windhoek, Chief Clemens Kapuuo, 55, a popular moderate and leader of the multiracial Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, was assassinated by two gunmen who escaped without a trace.

A former schoolteacher, Kapuuo had played a key role in the...

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