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Former A.N.C. Bomber Becomes a Police Chief

An anti-apartheid fighter convicted in a 1986 bombing that killed three women was officially appointed police chief of a Johannesburg district on Tuesday, making him responsible for the safety of two million people. Robert McBride, now 40, was one of the most famous saboteurs in the underground of the African National Congress. He was sentenced to death for the bombing, on a crowded beachfront in Durban, served six years in prison, then was granted amnesty in 1992 as a concession by a weakened apartheid government. He told the local press this week that he saw a certain justice in his appointment to lead the police force that he had tried to undermine during the apartheid era. He promised to support the force with the same passion with which he had opposed it. “There is no aspect of my past that I am ashamed of,” the South African Press Association quoted him as saying.Full Story

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