JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Police said today they conducted a sweep through two black townships, detaining 15 people, on the basis of information obtained from last week’s South African army raid on black guerrillas’ houses in neighboring Botswana.
Security police said they confiscated a ″treasure trove″ of documents in the raid on nine houses and an office in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. Twelve people were killed in the raid, and the police said the documents showed they were linked to the banned African National Congress, which is fighting to overthrown South Africa’s white minority government.
Botswana, however, said the 12 were innocent civilians.
Ten men and five women were detained in Bhongolethu township near Oudtshoorn, police said. Door-to-door searches also were made in Guguletu in the troubled Cape province, said police spokesman Capt. Jan Galitz. He said results of the searches there were limited, but gave no details.
Police said they could not confirm a statement by Trevor Manuel, spokesman for the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front, that three prominent front members in the Cape area also were in custody.
Blacks in Cape province recently carried out several grenade attacks officially linked to the ANC. More than 400 blacks have been killed in 10 months of violence in protests against South Africa’s system of race separation, in clashes between black groups, and in attacks on black officials by black mobs.
Gasoline bombings and stoning of houses and vehicles were reported in nearly a dozen black communities late Friday and early today, police reported.
A 12-year-old white boy and a man of mixed race were reported slightly injured Friday night in two bomb blasts in East London, an Indian Ocean port. One explosion caused minor damage to the city hall and the second damaged a gasoline station.
A police spokesman in Pretoria said 20 blacks threw eight gasoline bombs at a vehicle in Kwazakele, near Port Elizabeth, and took the equivalent of $1,000 from the driver.
He said 100 blacks stoned police vehicles and offices occupied by white administrators of a black community near Oudtshoorn, and other blacks robbed a black police officer of his pistol while the officer was riding a bicycle home.
In Duduza, 180 blacks stoned and gasoline-bombed the home of a black police officer.
Police said they used shotguns and tear gas to disperse the crowds in some cases. No arrests were reported.
Black police and community councilors often are targets of violence by other blacks who say they are collaborators with the white government.