Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

South Africa Wrestles with Rising Violence

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

South Africa Wrestles with Rising Violence

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POLICE said yesterday that they charged the son-in-law of a National Party lawmaker with murder following a clash between supporters of party leader President Frederik de Klerk and the African National Congress.

The fatal shooting of an ANC supporter at the NP rally Wednesday was an example of intensifying campaign violence as South Africa's historic first all-race election draws near. President De Klerk said that ANC President Nelson Mandela called him to express concern over the incident.

The woman was killed at the NP rally in the Roodepan township near Kimberley after Mr. De Klerk canceled a campaign appearance and clashes erupted between ANC and NP supporters. Earlier, De Klerk was hit by an object thrown by ANC supporters when he tried to speak at one campaign rally. Police said an Inkatha Freedom Party official has been arrested in the slayings Saturday of 15 election workers for the rival ANC.

Meanwhile, hundreds of rescuers used dogs and sonar equipment in a despairing search yesterday for up to 88 people missing after a dam, at the Harmony gold mine near Virginia in the Orange Free State, burst during a rain storm Tuesday night.

A police spokeswoman said searchers had dug out 13 bodies. Most of the dead were buried alive in their homes when a six-feet-high wall of slurry, laced with cyanide used to extract gold from ore, roared through a housing complex for mainly white mine workers. UN warns of imminent Kenya famine

KENYA faces the prospect of widespread famine because low rainfall over the past two years has ruined harvests, the United Nations said Wednesday.

The UN launched an appeal for $114 million for the East African country, mainly to import food and to fund a voluntary repatriation program of Somali and other refugees. The UN estimates a 2.2 million ton shortfall in cereal output in Kenya between last July and September this year. …

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