South Africa From God to Mortal

Man As black-on-black violence surges across the land, Nelson Mandela's stature as a peacemaker diminishes

Smoke billows from burning houses in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in Natal province, where at least 39 die in clashes among feuding Zulus. In the town of Welkom in the Orange Free State, a black mob surrounds a minibus, hacks to death the six black occupants and sets fire to the vehicle. In the southern Transvaal township of Sebokeng, police open fire on a crowd of 50,000 people protesting high rents, killing perhaps eleven. In Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, war erupts among black taxi drivers, leaving at least 25 dead and scores injured.

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