The African townships of Cape Town-- the latest troublespots in South Africa's wave of black unrest -- were still tense on Saturday (14 August) after two days of rioting that claimed 29 lives.
The African townships of Cape Town-- the latest troublespots in South Africa's wave of black unrest -- were still tense on Saturday (14 August) after two days of rioting that claimed 29 lives. During the riots a number of black leaders were arrested. They were said to include Mrs. Winnie Mandela, wife of detained African nationalist leader, Mr. Nelson Mandela.
SYNOPSIS: Meanwhile, the renewed violence -- over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) from the original troublespots around Johannesburg and Pretoria -- was regarded by government critics as a significant extension of black unrest. The police said the rioting reached a new pitch of Friday (13 August) when a teachers training college in Cape Town was partly gutted by fire.
Police said some of the worst rioting was in the Langa township outside Cape Town. Here police clashed several times with demonstrators.
Police reinforcements were flown in from Johannesburg as the rioting continued. But the government said it was still satisfied troops were not required to help the police. Meanwhile, there's been an outcry over the arrest of black leaders. The authorities have confirmed an unknown number have been detained but refuse to name them, Reuters, quoting unofficial sources, said they include Mrs. Mandela.
However, prominent opposition members of parliament, including Mrs. Helen Suzman, say the government is jailing the very people it should be talking to. She called the arrests a panic reaction. She, and other critics have warned the conflict is spreading rapidly and dangerously.
Johannesburg was quiet during the protests in Cape Province. But many of the 200 killed in the past two months of unrest died there. Officials say at least 1,200 people have been injured and another 2,000 arrested.