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Patrick Laurence

Patrick Laurence

    Twenty-one hanged in seventy-two hours
    Twenty-one hanged in seventy-two hours
    As many people were breakfasting yesterday, South Africa's annual tally of executions reached an all-time high with the hanging of seven men in...
    Steve Biko: The man who refused to submit
    Steve Biko: The man who refused to submit
    Steve Biko died in detention 10 years ago, having refused to "collaborate in his own oppression" by co-operating with his interrogators....
    Mandela 'release' rumours: Decoding that diplo-speak
    Mandela 'release' rumours: Decoding that diplo-speak
    The repatriation to South Africa of Major Wynand du Toit the South African commando captured in Angola in June 1985, kindled speculation that it...
    State of Emergency: Year of the big stick
    State of Emergency: Year of the big stick
    Anniversaries invite stock-taking, and none more so than the first anniversary of the national State of Emergency imposed by President PW Botha on...
    Homeland leader faces torture probe
    Homeland leader faces torture probe
    The chief minister and prospective president of KwaNdebele, George Mahlangu, may be charged with abducting and torturing youths.
    As the night wears on, the Progs face a bitter truth: 'We've been hammered!'
    As the night wears on, the Progs face a bitter truth: 'We've been hammered!'
    Colin Eglin's cherished vision of his Progressive Federal Party as an embryonic alternative government was shattered as the general election...
    On the eve: A wave of war cries
    On the eve: A wave of war cries
    Three events converged on the eve of next week's whites-only election to the benefit of the National Party: NP newspaper advertisements, the raid...
    Fears, but NPU stands firm with the rest
    Fears, but NPU stands firm with the rest
    The debate within the press about how best to counter government moves to impose new controls on dwindling press freedom raged with renewed...
    Decoding the thoughts of prisoner Mandela
    Decoding the thoughts of prisoner Mandela
    The thousands of anti-apartheid protestors who tried to march on Cape Town's Pollsmoor Prison hoped to deliver a solidarity message to a man who...
    Three questions the judge left hanging
    Three questions the judge left hanging
    The Kannemeyer report into the killing of 20 blacks by police gunfire at Langa on March 21 provided authoritative answers to many questions.