Documenting South Africa
Documenting South Africa
Jan. 26, 1986: Youths in the northern Transvaal township of Leandra mourned the death of their leader, Chief Ampie Mayisa, during his funeral. Mayisa was a leading black activist murdered by a rival black faction.
Jan. 26, 1986: Tensions were very high in Leandra Township as a heavy police presence watched during a funeral service for Chief Ampie Mayisa, a day before the chief was due to meet Chester Crocker, the US assistant secretary of state for African affairs.
Jan. 26, 1986: Mourners at the funeral of murdered black community leader, Chief Ampie Mayisa, hacked to death a man they accused of taking part in the killing. The body of 20-year-old Petrus Mahamutse lay under a blanket while a woman took in her wash.
Jan. 24, 1986: Although the vast majority of deaths in the South African turmoil had been black, whites did not escape the violence. Two white police officers were killed trying to disperse a peaceful meeting of 500 black mine workers in the Transvaal. Sergeant D. Pretorius, 25, and Constable F. Koekemoer, 28, were buried by their grieving families in a joint funeral.
March 9, 1986: Mothers waited outside a prison to see how long their young sons would be detained. According to the minister of law and order, Louis le Grange, 2,106 children under the age of 16 had been detained since the state of emergency was declared the previous July 21, out of a total of 7,777 detentions. The youngest emergency detainee was 7 years old.
March 17, 1986: A woman in the black homeland of Bophutatswana was photographed for her "pass book" required to be carried by all blacks 16 years of age or older when traveling in white areas. The pass was also known as a dompas.
Feb. 10, 1990: Soweto residents mourned the death of Clayton Sithole, a member of the military wing of the African National Congress. He was found hanged in his jail cell at the John Voster Square police station in Johannesburg. No one believed he had died by his own hand.
Feb. 13, 1990: Nelson Mandela gestured to supporters in Soweto two days after his release from prison in Cape Town. He addressed more than 100,000 people inside a soccer stadium saying, "during the past 27 years I have looked forward to this day when I would come back to the area I regard as home, to meet my brothers and sisters and grandchildren."
Feb. 1990: Whites and blacks waited for a bus in downtown Johannesburg, where buses became integrated the month before.
March 1990: Children at Weiler's Farm, a squatter settlement in a converted pigsty south of Soweto. The previous owner of the farm stopped raising pigs and cattle when he found he could make more money renting out stables and pigsties to people. There were more than 7 million homeless people in South Africa.
March 1990: Black and white children played on a war memorial in Joubert Park, Johannesburg.