This Day In History


State of emergency declared in 27 townships

Friday, 24 August 1990
The government imposed a state of emergency in twenty-seven townships in the Vaal Reef area and banned the carrying of all weapons. The regulations introduced by Minister of Law and Order, Adriaan Vlok gave the police and security forces wide powers of arrest and detention, but did not restrict news-gathering activities of press. Meetings could be banned and the townships sealed off in the event of new disturbances. ..
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