De Klerk and ANC clash on violence and elections

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President F W de Klerk said that violence would have to subside before South Africans voted in the first non-racial election next year. But the African National Congress rejected the warning, saying it was not up to the white minority government to determine conditions under which elections could be held, AFP reports from Johannesburg. 'This remains the jurisdiction of the Independent Elections Commission,' it said.

In Tembisa yesterday, the ANC youth leader, Peter Mokaba, urged blacks to turn their guns on Mr De Klerk, and drive the police and army out of the townships. The bodies of 255 people killed in township violence are lying unidentified in a mortuary at Germiston, outside Johannesburg, police said. Most of thems were picked up in Katlehong, Tokoza and Tembisa.