Breaking Point in Zululand

With free elections threatened by civil war, the government declares a state of emergency and sends troops into Natal

AS A HAZY SUN SET OVER THE GREEN hills of blood-soaked Natal Province last week, Jabulani Shibe tried to do his part to broker the differences between the African National Congress and its bitter foes in the Inkatha Freedom Party. Shibe, 27, a laborer, joined eight of his neighbors in KwaMashu, a black township near Durban, and visited an Inkatha hostel. Suddenly, a group of Inkatha men drew guns and bundled Shibe and his companions into a minibus. They drove through the darkness to a nearby railroad station, where an armed and angry mob of Inkatha supporters was waiting. One by...

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