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15 Apr 2003

Gershwin Wanneburg, Reuters

S.Africa Plans Payment to Apartheid Victims

South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Tuesday his government would make a one-time payment of $3,890 each to more than 19,000 victims of apartheid identified by the country's truth commission. But Mbeki said the government would not follow a recommendation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to levy a wealth tax on South African business to help pay for reparations...He also signaled the government's opposition to a slew of class-action lawsuits filed in U.S. courts by lawyers acting on behalf of apartheid victims seeking billions of dollars in compensation from foreign and South African corporations accused of propping up or benefiting from nearly half a century of white-minority rule.

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South Africa: Govt. will not levy tax on companies to pay for apartheid reparations, and does not support lawsuits in U.S. courts

Apartheid reparations lawsuits (re So. Africa)