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REport 19 Killed in Fight Between Zulu Clans

March 30, 1987

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ At least 19 people were killed Sunday in fighting between Zulu clans in northern Natal province, police reported.

A police spokesman said the battle began about 5 a.m. in the remote Msinga- Tugela area near Ladysmith, about 150 miles southeast of Johannesburg. No arrests were reported and no details of injuries or the type of weapons used were immediately available.

The spokesman said 15 of the slain victims belonged to the Ngcongini clan and four to the Ngubo clan.

Police intervened to prevent violence on March 19 after several hundred tribal fighters gathered in the area.

The cause of Sunday’s fighting was not determined. But local reporters said they did not appear related to recent clashes in Zululand between supporters of Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi and members of the United Democratic Front, South Africa’s largest alliance opposed to the government’s policy of apartheid.

By law and custom, apartheid establishes a racially segregated society in which the 24 million blacks have no vote in national affairs. The 5 million whites control the economy and maintain separate districts, schools and health services.

The Msinga-Tugela area, impoverished and overpopulated, has had repeated factional battles with fighters using guns, knives and clubs. Most of the fighting stems from disputes over land, women and clan obligations.

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