South Africa: Trouble in The Homelands

Trouble in The Homelands

Buoyed by the whiff of freedom in the South African air, the country's blacks strained to break one of apartheid's shackles last week by rising up against the Pretoria-installed leaders of two tribal homelands. In coastal Ciskei, army officers overthrew the government of "President for Life" Lennox Sebe. In Bophuthatswana, in north-central South Africa, troops and police rushed in to quell a popular revolt against President Lucas Mangope. Security forces also braced for trouble in Venda, in the country's northern tip.

Although the Ciskei putsch was bloodless, 27 people died in ensuing riots. Eleven people were killed in Bophuthatswana. Among the...

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