South Africa: Arms Control, Zulu-Style

SOUTH AFRICA Arms Control, Zulu-Style

The sight of a gang of Zulus brandishing traditional weapons is enough to instill terror in the black townships around Johannesburg, where many residents belong to other tribal groups. Local newspapers recently published a photo that shows why. The frame captured a black man in Soweto clasping a spear and plunging it into the back of another black man, who was desperately trying to flee.

But Zulu leaders have long maintained that carrying spears is a cultural right. Last week, in a bid to halt political violence, President F.W. de Klerk secured an arms-control agreement with Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Henceforth,...

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