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3 OF 17 BLACKS SUSPEND HUNGER STRIKES

Three political prisoners suspended their hunger strikes Saturday after five weeks without food, but 14 black opposition detainees maintained fasts to demand their release.

The three members of the main opposition African National Congress announced they would resume eating after being urged to do so by ANC deputy president Nelson Mandela on Thursday.The 17 were fasting to publicize the continued incarceration of black opposition members despite a pledge by the government to release all political prisoners by April 30.

"We remain prepared, at any stage, to resume our fast should it be necessary to again highlight the failure of this government to keep its word," the statement said.