WORLD : 4 Detainees Quit Refuge ‘Victorious’

From Times wire services

The four detainees who escaped in pajamas from their guards at a hospital walked out of their refuge at the West German Embassy today after the government guaranteed their freedom.

“We emerge feeling victorious,” said Ephraim Nkoe, 28, one of the four black activists who fled to the embassy Monday from Johannesburg’s Hillbrow Hospital, where they were admitted after joining a widespread hunger strike.

The men, accompanied by two lawyers, emerged from the embassy in Pretoria at mid-morning today, then returned to Johannesburg. They said the government guaranteed their unconditional freedom but they called for release of the estimated 300 activists still detained without charge.