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  • South African police this week attacked one of the country’s star soccer players during a traffic stop, beating him and shooting him in the shoulder as he rode in his car with his sister. Lifa Gqosha, midfielder for the Kaizer Cheifs, the nation’s most popular soccer team, was assaulted after the police pulled him over and questioned whether he owned the car he was driving. Gqosha is black, and the officers were white.
    April 30, 1999 | Story
  • The eyes of the world and South Africa will be on Pretoria on June 16 when hundreds of world leaders and other dignitaries join tens of thousands of South Africans to cheer on the country’s new president and bid farewell to President Mandela. Hundreds of invitations have already been sent to almost every head of state and government.
    April 05, 1999 | Story
  • As the South African Truth Commission sets out today to release its long-awaited report on human rights violations during the apartheid era, a flurry of last-minute legal appeals by former South African President F.W. DeClerk have succeeded in removing key sections of the report until he had has a chance to review the allegations. The Truth Commission agreed yesterday to cut portions on De Klerk from the document that implicated the former...
    October 29, 1998 | Story
  • After 2 years and 21,000 witnesses, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission ended its probe into the human rights record of apartheid last Friday with grudging testimony from the country’s former chemical warfare chief, dubbed "Doctor Death." Wouter Basson, the architect of the apartheid-era chemical weapons program, has been charged with manufacturing illegal drugs to render blacks infertile, and making secret...
    August 03, 1998 | Story
  • In April 1990, Father Michael Lapsley was the target of a letter bomb from South Africa. The explosion took out the ceiling of three rooms of his house and made a huge hole in the floor. Lapsley survived, but lost an eye and both hands.
    May 06, 1998 | Story
  • South Africa’s truth commission on Monday began its first major hearing into the African National Congress guerilla campaign against apartheid, starting with testimony on a spate of bombings. Ten cadres from the ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) are seeking amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in exchange for acknowledging responsibility for bombings that took place from 1980 to 1988. At...
    May 05, 1998 | Story
  • The African National Congress’s new leader, Thabo Mbeki, has spoken of what he calls an African Renaissance that is now sweeping the continent. Although that media-friendly moniker may obscure more than it reveals, it is true that many countries in sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to be re-born and rejuvenated after centuries of colonial conquest and rule.
    March 27, 1998 | Story
  • President Clinton recently announced that he will visit South Africa in March. President Mandela, meanwhile, has postponed a visit to Russia and is reportedly recuperating from exhaustion after a trip to Uganda.
    January 29, 1998 | Story
  • In his final speech as head of the ruling Africa National Congress this week, President Nelson Mandela of South Africa warned the world of an effort by former apartheid rulers to intensify a destabilization campaign against South Africa’s new democracy. In the four hour speech delivered before 3,000 delegates at the ANCUs 50th national conference in the northwestern town of Mafikeng, Mandela also accused elements of the white minority of...
    December 18, 1997 | Story
  • The last apartheid leader of South Africa, former President F.W. de Klerk, resigned yesterday as head of the National Party, effectively ending his role in South African politics. De Klerk led his pro-apartheid party, and most whites in South Africa, into a rapprochement with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress and, ultimately, a one person, one vote political system. He shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela.
    August 27, 1997 | Story