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Security Force Members Attacked; Two Blacks Killed

October 27, 1986

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Two blacks were killed, crowds threw stones at security force vehicles and blacks tried to burn to death two police officers, the government reported today.

Six black men set fire to a 23-year-old black, Nelson Ndlovu, burning him to death in Soweto on Sunday night, the government’s Bureau for Information said in its 24-hour unrest report.

It said there were four separate attacks on police or security forces and youths set fire to one school and stoned another. Security forces fired shots in three cases to protect themselves, killing a 16-year-old black in one township, the bureau said.

The violence brought to at least 332 the number of people who have died in unrest since a national state of emergency was declared June 12. Under the emergency, reporters are not allowed to describe security force actions or publish the names of detainees without government permission, and may not publish what the government considers subversive statements.

The government bureau and the South African Press Association said 50 blacks dragged Richard Moposa, a black police constable, from his home near Cape Town on Sunday. The reports said the crowd beat up Moposa and was about to burn him to death when security forces arrived.

The government said no arrests were made.

The bureau reported that in Tembisa township, northeast of Johannesburg, a member of the security forces fired three shots at two black men who were threatening to burn him alive. Both assailants were wounded and arrested, the bureau said.

In Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, two black youths threw stones at a security force member Sunday night. He fired two shots, killing one of his assailants, a 16-year-old, the bureau said.

It also reported 500 people threw stones at a security force vehicle in Soetkloof black township, and the officers fired three shots into the crowd. One security force member was slightly injured and no arrests were made, the bureau said.

It reported black youths set fire to a school in Soweto, the huge township outside Johannesburg, and that black youths stoned a school in Kagiso township northwest of Johannesburg. Security forces fired warning shots during the stoning of the Kagiso school, injuring one youth who was arrested, the bureau said.

Black high schools this year have been wracked by violence and nearly continuous anti-apartheid boycotts.

By law and custom, apartheid establishes a racially segregated society in which South Africa’s 5 million white minority controls the economy and maintains separate schools, districts and health services, and the 24 million black majority has no vote in national affairs.

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