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Canadian Envoy Attacked in S. Africa

February 5, 1999

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ The Canadian ambassador to South Africa was the latest victim in South Africa’s crime wave, attacked in his hotel room by an intruder pretending to be a maintenance worker.

The attack on James Bartleman occurred Thursday morning after he checked into the Winchester Mansions hotel, Suzanne Gobeil, second secretary at the Canadian High Commission, said Friday.

Bartleman was in Cape Town planning to attend President Nelson Mandela’s final speech to Parliament on Friday.

He suffered a fractured nose, bruised foot and cut lip during a scuffle with the attacker, who knocked on his door and announced there was something wrong with the fan system.

After Bartleman, 59, turned his back, the attacker pulled out stun gun, Gobeil said.

The attack came just a day after the slaying of a South Korean business executive, Yong Koo Kwon, in Johannesburg on Wednesday, possibly in a botched carjacking, police said.

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