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Shooting Breaks Out as Police Probe Slaying of White Officer

March 25, 1986

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ A white policeman and a black policeman were shot and killed in separate incidents outside a black community near Cape Town today, police reported.

The burning body of the white policeman, covered with garbage, was found this morning on a road outside the Crossroads shantytown. Police headquarters in Pretoria said he was a constable who had been suspended in a drug-dealing inquiry.

Police Col. Vic Haynes said the second policeman, a black, was killed about midday, after shooting broke out and two vehicles were set on fire in a nearby section of Crossroads.

In another development, officers shot and killed a guerrilla of the African National Congress on Monday in Katlehong, a black township east of Johannesburg, police headquarters said. Haynes said the man, holding a grenade, charged at police when they approached a house where he was hiding, apparently alone.

Assault rifles and ammunition were reported found in the house. The ANC is the main black nationalist movement seeking to overthrow the white-led minority government.

Police said they also shot and killed one of two black men found Monday night with gasoline bombs in a liquor store near Port Elizabeth.

Police said there was no unrest in Crossroads at the time of the attack on the white policeman, and the motive for the killing could have been robbery. Lt. C.J. Marais said the policeman had been driving his personal car and the vehicle was taken.

The only two white policemen killed on duty during 19 months of anti- apartheid violence in South Africa were attacked when they tried to break up a meeting of mineworkers in a field west of Johannesburg two months ago.

Elsewhere around the country, police said they arrested four blacks overnight in 11 incidents of firebombing and stone-throwing in nine black townships.

Black communities near Cape Town have been the scene of the most violent outbreaks since protests against apartheid spread in September 1984. Seven bodies of blacks were found in two townships last week, apparently killed in revenge for the murder of two prominent local black politicians.

More than 1,200 people have died in the unrest, almost all of them blacks killed within black communities. Action by police and soldiers against rioters has accounted for most of the deaths.

The second day of a two-day general strike by black workers in an industrial area south of Johannesburg appeared to have a limited effect.

Witnesses said militant youths threw stones at buses in Sebokeng township and tried unsuccessfully to burn one bus in an effort to enforce the strike, called to protest the presence of soldiers in the townships, rent increases, detention of community leaders and other issues.

Frank Brick, manager of Vaal Transport Corp., which provides bus service for tens of thousands of workers in most black communities in the area, said normal schedules were maintained everywhere except in Sebokeng, where buses halted at the edge of the township.

In Pretoria, youths began enforcing a black consumer boycott of white-owned businesses, called for an indefinite period to protest the banning of student organizations and rent increases. No violence was reported.

Businesses in the capital were hit hard by a consumer boycott during the Christmas shopping period.

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