Black Nationalist Guerrilla Leader Killed in Car Crash
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ The leader of a black nationalist guerrilla group involved in attacks on whites has been killed in a car accident in Tanzania.
Officials of the militant Pan Africanist Congress announced Thursday that Sabelo Phama died after the car he was riding in collided with a truck near Morogoro in central Tanzania on Wednesday.
Phama was commander of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army, the military wing of the PAC, which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on police and white civilians in the past 14 months.
The PAC initially opposed negotiations with the white minority government on ending apartheid. It later joined the talks and plans to contest the nation’s first all-race election in April.
Phama was traveling to Harare, Zimbabwe, in anticipation of returning to South Africa to take part in the election campaign, according to PAC officials.
Constitutional Development Minister Roelf Meyer said the government was going to grant Phama a temporary amnesty so he could return to South Africa and negotiate an end to APLA violence.
The PAC has agreed to cease hostilities against the government, but some of its leading members protested the decision and said attacks would continue.