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Page 8-Friday, July 21, 1978-The Michigan Daily
S. African prisoner dies; torture suspected
P IE T E R MA R IT ZB UR G, South station, 100 miles northeast of this city, on his body," the doctor was quoted as the capital of Pretoria after being
Africa (AP) - Another black South to a hospital in the coastal town of Em- saying. detained and questioned in the coastal
African has died in police custody and a pangeni, the Johannesburg Star Before he died, Cane told doctors and town of Port Elizabeth. A subsequent
black doctor said he appeared to have newspaper reported. He was being held his mother, Linah Cane, that uniformed inquest ruled that Biko had died of head
been the victim of "systematic tor- in the Hluhluwe jail awaiting sentence police strung him ujp by the wrists in injuries, but no action was taken again-
ture." for stealing $11,845 from a livestock the jail, the Star reported. Two st his alleged police assailants.
Brigadier Ben Peiterse, com- dealer's vehicle, the paper said. policemen, one white and one black, Black community leaders and op-
missioner of the Natal provincial inland He was the 26th black to die in police lashed him with rawhide whips and position parliamentarians often allege
police division, announced yesterday custody in two years. beat him with a stick, fists and a brick police brutality in the treatment of
that three policemen - two whites and A black doctor who examined Cane in because he refused to reveal where the black prisoners.
a black - have been suspended from the hospital, Dr. B. S. Ngubane, was stolen money was hidden, he was Dr. Ngubane and Dr. L. J. Fourie,
duty pending the outcome of an in- "completely nauseated" by his in- quoted as saying. district surgeon at the Ngwelezane
vestigation. juries, hospital staffers told the Dr. Chris Myburgh, a national ser- Hospital where Cane died, performed
newspaper. viceman doing civilian duty at the an autopsy and sent Cane's vital organs
CARPENTER Paulos Ngolosi Cane, hospital, also examined Cane and was to the Natal provincial capital of Durbn
22, died last Thursday after he was DR. NGUBANE told the newspaper heard to exclaim, "This looks like for examination by the chief gover-
moved from the Hluhluwe police Cane appeared to have been the victim another Biko," said the newspaper. nment pathologist, Prof. I. K. Gordon. I
of "systematic torture." He was "black THE REFERENCE was to black Senior police officers here refused to
and blue from head to toe and there was consciousness leader Steve Biko, who comment on the death, saying that the
not one square inch of unmarked skin died in police custody last September in matter was under investigation.

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Israeli women get draft break

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli
Parliament has granted religious
women a sweeping new exemption
from compulsory military duty, a move
applauded by some as a protection of
women against "temptation" and
denounced by others as an invitation to
lie and evade the draft.
The legislation was approved yester-
day by a vote of 54-45 after one of
Parliament's most bitter debates in
recent years and after a 12-hour
filibuster by the opposition Labor Party
and the liberal Democratic Movement
for Change.
THE LABORITES called the bill

discriminatory against the non-
religious and predicted it would create
a shortage in military personnel.
It amends Israel's 1959 draft law,
which requires women at age 18 to ser-
ve 24 months in the military and men to
serve 36 months. Most women serve as
secretaries or in communications,
though a few have joined a new armor
program.
Previously, women demanding
military exemptions on religious
grounds were examined by rabbinical
boards. The new amendment requires
only that women sign an affidavit
asserting that they abide by Jewish
dietary laws and do not travel on the
Sabbath.
ORTHODOX groups contend that the
army's integration of sexes and sudden
freedom from parental oversight can
corrupt young women's morals.
"It is impossible to put a Jewish girl
in a framework where her parents have
no control over her. The girls aren't
stron enough to resist temptation," said
Rabbi Menachem Porush of the
religious Agudat Israel Party, whose
four Parliament members, all rabbis,

were the prime movers behind the bill.
Thousands of draft-age women
demonstrated against the amendment,
parading such signs as "I served in the
army and stayed a virgin."
IRIS ERMAN, a leader of the protest
movement, said: "It is impossible to
give this kind of legitimacy to draft
dodgers." She and others argue that
dishonest draft evaders will get a two-
year jump on women soldiers
educationally and professionally.
The Agudat Israel legislators last
year threw their political support
behind Prime Minister Menachem
Begin's conservative Likud bloc,
helping give it a parliamentary
majority. In return,aBegin assured the
Orthodox groups he would back them
on the women soldiers issue.
Because all Israeli governments have
allied themselves with religious parties
to form majorities, the universal con-
scription law has never been fully en-
forced. It was revealed during the
recent national debate that the military
had quietly begun granting exemptions
to women on the basis of simple
declarations.

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One-acts off the mark

(Continued from Page 3)
THIS WAS emphasized by the
staging, which was horribly detrimental
to the spirited interplay the actors
established. A chain of sketches must
follow a dynamic rhythm much like
that of a series of musical movements,
and the ponderous, unneccessarily long
set changes disrupted the action to no
end.
The actors, however, brought
neurotic spunk to their roles, trading
invectives and humorous quips, and
wringing double-entendres and
poignant observations from the
dialogue. Michael Cooper played Ber-
nie for laughs, and carried it off well,
never losing his cocksure presence. His

tale of a girl with an army fetish was
most amusing.
LAURA HITT, as Joan, was utterly
bitchy, yet very affecting when shutting
off the venom to speak to her child.
Robert Meinkins and Jenny Klion
worked well as Dan and Deborah. Their
meeting scene might have come
straight from a Woody Allen movie.
Ultimately, though, Mamet's snappy
dialogue and the intermittently in-
spired performances only partially
overcame the heavy atmosphere con-
tributed by the wholly unstrategic
staging. A play like this one needs
lighter treatment.

"You're a Good MAon, Charlie Brown"
based on "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz
presented by
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
July 26-29 Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Tickets: CURTAIN 8 pm
Ch.ildre 16 and *"der who are accompanied by "o adult are t .00 off the
regular price. Weds. July 26

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