Black Mayor Quits in S. Africa
Alexandra Mayor Sam Buti, said to be South Africa’s only black ghetto mayor who could claim popular support, resigned today because radical youths were threatening his family.
Buti told reporters that the three remaining members of the 11-member Alexandra Council also had decided to quit because of harassment. Buti, a strident anti-apartheid campaigner who saved Alexandra from government bulldozers in the early 1970s, became the ghetto’s first black mayor when black local councils were introduced in 1983. Alexandra borders on Johannesburg’s affluent northern suburbs.