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The commission held hearings at carefully selected areas requiring special attention.

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Hearings took place at significant focus areas and events where the commission felt individual attention such as the Bisho massacre was needed.

Human Rights Violation Hearings

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AlexandraThe TRC heard testimonies of victims of gross human rights violations in the Alexandra township of Johannesburg.View All
BalfourThis formed part of human rights violations hearings where victims were interviewed to establish the cause and extent of their suffering during the apartheid years.View All
Beaufort WestThis hearing was about the killing of Mandlenkosi Kratshi, a UDF executive member in the Karoo who was murdered by the police in front of his seven-year old son, Simphiwe who was a key witness on the case. View All
BenoniThe commission hosted gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings in this area in 1997. Benoni is situated 30 kms east of Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province. View All
BishoThe commission heard of the Bhisho Massacre where the ANC in the then Ciskei homeland organised a march to force out Brigadier Oupa Gqozo, then military leader under the apartheid administration. 28 people were killed and hundreds injured by the SANDF.View All
BloemfonteinThe commission sat for the hearing of gross human rights violations and amnesty applications from those concerned in this provincial capital of the Free State. View All
Cape TownThe commission hosted human rights violations and amnesty hearing in this city, also known as The Mother City or The Legislative Capital of South Africa, in the Western Cape province. View All
CradockThis particular session was to address other human rights violations cases other than the infamous Cradock Four. Relatives of victims led evidence before the commission regarding brutalities committed against their loved ones. View All
DuduzaThe commission held a one day hearing to address human rights violations that occurred here and the neighbouring townships like KwaThema and Tsakane. The commission held meetings with various members of the community like church leaders, Civil Union associations and the local town council.View All
Duncan VillageThe two-day human rights violations hearing was about the Duncan Village Massacre where 23 people died and scores injured in August 1985. More than 30 people, some of which were relatives of those killed, gave testimonies during this hearing.View All
DurbanAmnesty applications and gross human rights violations were addressed in this KwaZulu Natal city in 1996. Cases ranged from murder, bomb blasts and attempted assassinations.View All
East LondonVarious parties ranging from churches to doctors, lawyers and businessmen gave testimonies to account for their roles in the apartheid conflict during amnesty and human rights violations hearings in this Eastern Cape town.View All
EmpangeniThe commission heard of various human rights violations against civilians, mostly resulting from the tension between Amaqabane (ANC) and oTheleweni (IFP).View All
ErmeloThe commission held amnesty hearings, human rights violations and reparations workshops in this Mpumalanga town in 1997. View All
GeorgeThis sitting was about the Bongolethu Three - three children who were shot point blank by the police outside the home of a security guard. The officers were apparently inside the house, one came out and continued firing at the crowd which had gathered by then.View All
GrahamstownThis hearing was characterised by unscheduled appearances by victims and perpetrators who wanted to lead their evidence regarding human rights violations that plagued this particular area.View All
HeiderveldThe commission heard cases of various gross human rights violations that occurred here and in nearby areas.View All
Helderberg TygerbergThis sitting was to hear cases of gross human rights violations in the area which included a testimony from a man who survived in a bomb attack.View All
JohannesburgThe Gauteng capital, Johannesburg, hosted amnesty hearings, human rights violations hearings and reparation workshops during the month of April in 1996.View All
KarooThese hearings were to address human rights violations with Mr. Bukula's case being heard on the first day. He suffered torture in the hands of police officers after they arrested him for no apparent reason. View All
KimberleyThe commission hosted amnesty and human rights violations hearings in this Northern Cape capital, in the Karoo region in June 1996. The commission heard tales of disappearances of people in exile, torture and deaths in detention and even Inkatha Freedom Party sponsored violence in mining settlements in the outlying areas of the province. View All
King William's TownThe commission heard the testimony of how almost the entire Badi family was shot and killed in cold blood. The sitting formed part of gross human rights violations in the surrounding areas.View All
KlerksdorpHuman rights violations and amnesty hearings were addressed in this North West town in September 1996. Some of the cases heard was that of Puleng Dithejane whose sister was killed by the police during the unrest in Tswelellang township.View All
KrugersdorpThe commission heard moving testimonies from victims of gross human rights violations, the first case documented here is that of Mrs. Dodo who had her children tortured and eventually killed by police officers and her house burnt down. View All
LadybrandSpine-chilling incidents of torture, rape and murder were related to the commission by victims or relatives of victims of human rights violations in the area. This hearing was preceded by the Special Children's Hearing where similar stories from the youth were led before the commission. Ladybrand is situated just over 130 kms from Bloemfontein in the eastern Free State.View All
LeandraThis formed part of a special youth hearing where Jan Nkabinde related the story of how he was terribly beaten by an opposition group as a young man in his neighbourhood. His submission was part of human rights violations. Leandra is in the Mpumalanga province.View All
Louis TrichardtThis was the last human rights violations hearing in the Northern Cape province, in the Karoo region, where the commission addressed submissions from victims/perpetrators of human rights violations in the area. View All
LusikisikiAfter 30 years since the 1960s Pondoland Revolt, one of the bloodiest chapters in the rural struggle against apartheid, survivors had a chance to tell their story to the TRC, as part of gross human rights violations hearings. Lusikisiki is in the Eastern Cape Province.View All
MabopaneAmnesty and human rights violations were held in this Gauteng township near Pretoria in April 1997. View All
MessinaHuman rights violations hearings and amnesty applications were addressed in this town of the Limpopo province in April 1997. During human rights violations, the commission heard victims' tales of torture for their political views, activities and affiliations .View All
MiddelburgThis town in the Mpumalanga province hosted the TRC for gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings during the month of June 1997 where applicants and victims related their life stories during the chaotic apartheid years. View All
MmabathoSituated in the North West province, this former provincial capital hosted both amnesty and gross human rights violations in July 1996 where the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said the commissioners were amazed at how easily the victims were willing to forgive.View All
MooiriverThe Bruntville community told the commission about their suffering brought on by political turmoil in their township between 1990 and 1993. They appealed for financial compensation and asked that further investigations into the death of their loved ones be carried out. Mooiriver is a small farming town situated in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands.View All
MoutseAs part of gross human rights violations in this area, the commission heard horrific stories from victims and relatives of those affected. The first case is that of a young man who was necklaced for his alleged involvement in the abduction and killing of people. Moutse is within Mpumalanga province bordering the Limpopo province. View All
NelspruitHeld in September 1996 at the Van Riebeeck Park hall, the hearing addressed issues of human rights violations and amnesty submissions at this Mpumalanga provincial capital.View All
NewcastleThe mine-working residents of Madadeni in Newcastle related stories on how their peaceful co-existence between Zulu and Xhosa who were affiliated to different labour groups came to a bloody end. This sitting formed part of human rights violations hearings held on September 10, 1996 in this KZN town.View All
Piet RetiefThis formed part of gross human rights violations in the Mpumalanga province. This one day sitting took place on the 21st of May 1997. View All
PietermaritzburgThe commission held amnesty and human rights violations hearings in this KwaZulu Natal capital city in 1996. The city currently houses the provincial KwaZulu Natal legislature.View All
PietersburgThe TRC hosted amnesty hearings, human rights violations hearings and reparations workshops for two days - June 17 and 18, 1996. This city has since been renamed Polokwane, a capital of the Limpopo province. View All
PollsmoorSituated near Cape Town in the Western Cape, this area is more famous for its maximum security prison (Pollsmoor Prison) where Nelson Mandela was once incarcerated. The commission hosted gross human rights violations in November 1996 and again in February '97.View All
Port ElizabethThe commission descended on this Eastern Cape Town town in June 1996 to sit for gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings respectively. View All
Port ShepstoneThis 2-day sitting formed part of human rights violations hearing in this KwaZulu Natal coastal town, located about 120 kms south of Durban. The hearings were held on August 12 and 13, 1996.View All
PretoriaThis city is deemed South Africa's administrative capital or affectionately known as Jacaranda City held amnesty hearings, human rights violations hearings and reparations workshops between 1996 and 2001. Pretoria is in the Gauteng province, located 61 kms from Johannesburg. View All
QueenstownThe commission sat for gross human rights violations in this Eastern Cape town which was named after Queen Victoria. The commission heard mainly from survivors and relatives of the Queenstown Massacre where 14 people were killed by security forces.View All
RustenburgThis formed part of human rights violations cases in Rustenburg, in the North West province and was held on the 7th of May 1997. The commission heard, among others, a case of a young man who suffered abuse in the hands of the then Bophuthatswana police. View All
SebokengThe commission held human rights violations hearings, amnesty hearings and reparations workshops in this area, situated 60 kms south of Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province. View All
SowetoThe commission heard gross human rights violations in this area of the Gauteng province. It is also deemed South Africa's biggest township and as such, it was subject to innumerable politically-motivated violence. View All
TembisaThe commission sat to address gross human rights violations in this East Rand township of the Gauteng province where a notorious gang called Toasters terrorised residents. The gang was allegedly aligned with the Inkatha Freedom Party. View All
TzaneenThe TRC hosted gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings in this small town of the Limpopo, the northernmost province of South Africa.View All
UitenhageThe committee held hearings for gross human rights violations in this Eastern Cape town - famous for its biggest car manufacturing plant (Volkswagen) in the African Continent. View All
UmtataThe commission heard cases of gross human rights violations and addressed amnesty applications in this small town of the Eastern Cape province.View All
UpingtonThe TRC hosted human rights violations hearings in this Northern Cape town where cases included that of Flora Isaaks whose pregnant daughter was gunned down days before her expected birth.View All
VendaThe TRC human rights committee sat to address gross human rights violations in this area of the Limpopo province where chilling cases of torture were related before the committee. View All
VryheidHuman rights violations hearings were addressed by the commission in this KwaZulu Natal town, situated in the Zululand region, north of the province.View All
WelkomThe commission held gross human rights violations and amnesty hearings in this city of the Free State province. It is located 160 kms from Bloemfontein, the province's capital. View All
WinelandsThe commission addressed labour-related human rights violations cases during this sitting held as from the 14th of October 1996 where applicants related their tales of suffering.View All
WitbankThe commission held human rights and amnesty hearings between 1997 and 2000 in this city also known as Emalahleni (place of coal) in the Mpumalanga province.View All
WorcesterThis human rights violations hearing was sparked by a letter submitted to the commission by an attorney representing 22 police officials seeking amnesty for crimes committed during the apartheid years. The sitting kicked off on the 24th of June 1996 in this Western Cape town.View All
ZeerustThe commission sat to address cases of human rights violations by former Boputhatswana police, a former homeland headed by Lucas Mangope. This sitting, held in April '97, was a sophomore visit by the TRC to the North West. View All
 
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