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Type AMNESTY DECISIONS
Names FRANCOIS SWARTZ
Case Number AC/99/0313
Matter AM 7830/97
The applicant was a member of the United Democratic Front (the UDF) and, at the time, was a scholar at the De Kruine Secondary School. The offences were committed during the course of a protest which was directed against the employment of white teachers at the school and which was held in commemoration of the 1976 Soweto uprising. Stones were thrown at vehicles and the tyres of vehicles were slashed.
We are satisfied that the applicant has made a full disclosure and that the offences were committed with a political objective. We are also satisfied that the application complies with the requirements of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act, No 34 of 1995.
In the circumstances the applicant is GRANTED amnesty in respect of the offence of malicious damage to property and public violence which were committed by him in Touwsrivier during June 1986 and for which he was sentenced to undergo five years imprisonment, the whole of which was suspended.