Mozambique Anger Over a Plane Crash

A leader's death adds more instability to a country on its knees

It really seemed too much of a coincidence. On Oct. 6, six South African soldiers were injured by a land mine near the spot where the borders of South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland converge. General Magnus Malan, South Africa's Defense Minister, quickly issued a stern message to Mozambican President Samora Machel. "Terror feeds on itself," said Malan. "It eventually turns on its hosts." Just ten days after that menacing admonition, a plane carrying Machel, 53, strayed over the South African border near the site of the land-mine explosion and crashed, killing the President and 33 others.

Anti-South African activists around the...

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