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BLACK LEADERS IN SOUTH AFRICA DENOUNCE POLICE

BLACK LEADERS IN SOUTH AFRICA DENOUNCE POLICE

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Black leaders denounced police Tuesday for killing 14 people and wounding more than 400 in a protest march against high rents and poor living conditions.

Police said nine other blacks were killed during the past 24 hours in factional fighting, including seven men who were hacked to death by a mob armed with knives and machetes in an apparent revenge killing in Natal.And in Cape Town, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse 150 squatters who tried to stop municipal workers from demolishing shacks at a squatter camp. Police said they intervened after squatters attacked the workers. One worker was injured.

Bavumile Vilikazi, a spokesman for the Vaal Civic Association representing various townships south of Johannesburg, said police killed 14 people during the violence Monday in the township of Sebokeng.

Police said five blacks were killed and 260 people were hurt, half of them by police. They said the officers fired in self-defense when the armed crowd surged forward.

Officials at the Sebokeng Hospital said nine people were killed and 447 were treated for injuries, mostly from police shotgun fire.

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