The World

Prominent whites joined anti-apartheid groups in South Africa in an angry response to reports that police fired into a black crowd without provocation. A teen-age boy was killed and 80 people were reported wounded outside a courtroom in Kabokweni township, east of Johannesburg. Police said a crowd of 2,000 refused to disperse and got out of control. Frederick van Zyl Slabbert, a white opposition leader, said he feared “there cannot be peaceful change in South Africa.” Albertina Sisulu, president of the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front, called the shooting “an act of cowardice.”