- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 23, 2000

Six in dog-attack video released on bail

PRETORIA, South Africa Six white policemen charged with setting dogs on three black migrant job-seekers in a videotaped attack that sparked widespread outrage were released on bail yesterday.
"The court could not find that it is in the interest of justice that bail be denied," Magistrate Allan Cowan said, setting the surety at $256. Outside the court, demonstrators shouted "one settler, one bullet" and demanded the policemen be jailed.
The men left the court in three armored trucks and were to be released from the police stations where they have been held for two weeks since amateur video of their reported assault on Mozambican job seekers was shown on state television.
The video shows five laughing white policemen repeatedly setting dogs onto three black men who scream and plead for mercy as the animals bite their legs, arms and, in one case, genitals.
Public Prosecutor Christo Roberts had insisted the policemen should remain in detention for their own safety and for the protection of witnesses, including one who stole a video of the 1998 assault and sold it to the state broadcaster.

Rwandan ally sells Congo mineral rights

GOMA, Congo The main rebel movement in Congo has given exclusive rights to export a mineral to a firm it jointly owns with Rwandan partners, according to a decree issued here and local businessmen.
The Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), which is backed by Rwanda, said the export monopoly for tantalite extracted in parts of the Congo it controls was granted to the Great Lakes Mining Co. (SOMIGL) in exchange for a monthly payment of $1 million.
The heat-resistant mineral is the source of two acid- and heat-resistant metallic elements, niobium and tantalum, that are used to make nuclear reactors and electronic components as well as surgical equipment.
Tantalite sells for $4 a pound on the world market, where its value has risen by 25 percent in recent months. The head of the RCD's mining department, Nestor Kihimbi, told Agence France-Presse that SOMIGL is 75 percent owned by the RCD with "some economic partners" on board. Businessmen in Goma, where the rebel group has its headquarters, said these partners are Rwandans.

Nigeria doubles pay of medical residents

ABUJA, Nigeria The government yesterday announced a 100 percent increase in doctors' pay to end a crippling two-month strike.
Since a call last week to members of the National Association of Resident Doctors to resume work or face "appropriate action," "a number" of physicians have returned to duty, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
However, the strike has continued, and to break the deadlock, the government decided to increase on-call duty allowances for doctors and other health workers, the ministry said.
The increases boost the total pay of the least-paid physicians from the equivalent of $293 to $586 per month, it added.
The doctors' strike, which has hit services across the country and reportedly led to hundreds of avoidable deaths, was launched to press for better pay and conditions after the government in May announced a new monthly minimum wage of $46.

Weekly notes . . .

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer arrived in Burundi yesterday for a brief official visit aimed at deciding whether to resume aid. He is to have talks with President Pierre Buyoya, Parliament Speaker Leonce Ngendakumana and representatives of political parties… . Former South African President Nelson Mandela is to visit Paris Dec. 10-11 to further his efforts to broker peace in Burundi, the South African Embassy in the French capital said yesterday. Mr. Mandela is to meet with representatives of donor countries and with French President Jacques Chirac and other French officials.

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