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Diepsloot: Police Feel and Inspire Fear as Crime Soars

Sullen young men sit on cracked plastic chairs in a tavern in Diepsloot, a vast impoverished township on the northern outskirts of the country’s largest city, Johannesburg. They suck on big brown bottles of beer. The air is thick with cigarette smoke and suspicion. The youths stare at a man in white sneakers, black jeans and a blue tracksuit top. The man, a local member of the South African Police Service, says he remembers being called to the bar a few weeks ago. He points to a...

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