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Whites Given 25-Year Sentences for Killing Black in South Africa

August 23, 1991

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Two white men who murdered a black man by beating him and throwing a burning tire around his neck were sentenced to 25 years in prison each Friday.

Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty following the conviction Tuesday of Deon van Deventer, 25, and Evert Boonzaaier, 23. The two were convicted of killing Johannes Masango in an attack in September.

A motive was never stated, but the court said racism was clearly the reason for the attack.

Throwing a burning tire around a person’s neck is known locally as ″necklacing.″ The form of attack is common in political violence between rival groups in South Africa’s black townships.

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