SOUTH AFRICA: The Cadets from Soweto

As racial tensions rise, a white capitalist grooms a black elite

After hours of skirmishes with police, tensions ran high outside the high school in the "colored" (mixed race) Cape Town suburb of Elsie's River. Bands of youths pelted passing cars with rocks. Then someone threw an unlit gasoline bomb at a truck driven by two white plain-clothes policemen. Two other officers in camouflage riot gear suddenly sprang from the rear. Without warning they fired directly into the crowd, wounding six and killing two 15-year-old colored students.

The bloody clash was the latest and...

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