South Africa: Death in the Townships

Death in the Townships

^ The church-sponsored peace accord signed last weekend by the governing National Party and the country's leading black parties -- the African National Congress and Inkatha -- was supposed to help end the factional violence that has taken the lives of almost 11,000 blacks since 1984. But in the week leading up to the agreement, more than 120 people were killed in the year's worst outbreak of black-on-black violence, dashing hopes that the pact would soon bring peace to the strife-torn townships.

The latest bloodletting began in Thokoza, southeast of Johannesburg, when gunmen opened fire on Zulus headed for an Inkatha...

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