South Africa: Terror and Repression

Black guerrillas step up their attacks inside the laager

The light brown imbuia wood paneled Supreme Court chamber in Pretoria's imposing Palace of Justice was crowded with black spectators and white plain-clothes officers last week as Judge Charl Theron entered the room. Guilty of high treason, said Theron, referring to the three young black men in the dock, all members of South Africa's long-banned black liberation organization, the African National Congress (ANC). The sentence: death by hanging.

The condemned men—David Moise, 25, Johannes Shabangu, 26, and Anthony Tsotsobe, 25—responded to the sentence with...

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