More than 300 people have died in the three months of rioting and demonstrations by blacks and mixed-race coloureds in South Africa.
More than 300 people have died in the three months of rioting and demonstrations by blacks and mixed-race coloureds in South Africa. The demonstrations have mainly been against the country's apartheid system.
SYNOPSIS: Cape Town and its surrounding areas have again been hit by riots with crowds stoning cars and setting fire to buildings. Disturbances have been reported in five coloured areas, and in the black townships of Nyanga and Guguletu. Eye-witnesses said the trouble had not been as bad as Wednesday when 13 people died in clashes with police. Police armed with rifles and machine pistols have been clashing with youths throwing stones and bottles for several days, and unofficial reports say as any as 25 people have been killed in the past few days of violence.
Among the buildings damaged during the riots has been the coloured University of the Western Cape. Petrol bombs were thrown into offices at the university, and the Rector, Professor R.E. Van Der Ross, closed the University, using a loud-hailer to give students five minutes to clear the campus. Disorder also spread to several schools. At one, a hundred and fifty pupils were arrested, according to a police spokesman. While the clashes have been going on, the South African government has announced a series of concessions for the coloured population.
Coloureds will no longer have to use separate lavatories, wash rooms and waiting rooms in public buildings. Coloureds and asians can also set up businesses outside designated coloured areas.
Sources in the coloured community said the measures were a step in the right direction, but fell far short of demands for full civil rights. It was these demands that had led to the confrontations.
At the same time, the United States President, Mr. Gerald Ford, has announced that his Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, will leave for an African tour on Monday in a new effort to solve the racial confrontation.
Dr. Kissinger will attempt to bring about peaceful transfer to majority rule in Namibia and Rhodesia, and for talks on the racial violence in South Africa. He'll visit Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.