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3 Political Workers Killed as South Africa Voting Nears

With South Africa’s national elections only four days away, the killings of three political workers in KwaZulu Natal Province this weekend have heightened concerns that a longtime struggle for power there may bubble over into further strife. But political officials there all but ruled out the prospect of widespread violence like that of the early 1990’s, when political warfare claimed thousands of lives — or even like that before the 1999 elections, when perhaps 200 died. The political workers — two from the African National Congress and one from the rival Inkatha Freedom Party — were killed in two separate attacks on Good Friday, a national holiday here. The two A.N.C. workers and two other party workers were abducted as they left a church in Mqedandaba, about 90 miles northwest of Durban. One man escaped with injuries, and a second remains missing. Full Story

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