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Human Rights Violation Hearings

Type HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, SUBMISSIONS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Starting Date 25 March 1997

Location LUSIKISIKI

Day 2 LUSIKISIKI

Names KHINTANA MBEKWA

KHINTANA MBEKWA: (sworn states)

REV XUNDU: How are you related to Sibunu?

MR MBEKWA: My grandmother. I have come to talk about Mbekwa.

REV XUNDU: He also was one of the victims of the Nonqulana incident at Bizana. Is that so?

MR MBEKWA: Yes.

REV XUNDU: What happened? Was he detained?

MR MBEKWA: Yes he was detained.

REV XUNDU: Where?

MR MBEKWA: A lot of places, Bizana, Lusikisiki.

REV XUNDU: When was he released?

MR MBEKWA: He was detained for two years, released in the third year.

REV XUNDU: How was he health wise?

MR MBEKWA: He was ill of health. He would tell us how he was ill treated. He said that they were beaten up all the time. They were accused of not respecting the Government. He was very thin when he was released. Blind as well.

REV XUNDU: And his arm?

MR MBEKWA: He said that he had been hit with the back of a gun and he could not use his right arm, therefore his health just deteriorated. And it deteriorated until such time that he died. He could not work even on his plantations, because he had no strength.

REV XUNDU: And his cattle, his livestock?

MR MBEKWA: The people who worked together with the Government they destroyed his livestock. They poisoned his cattle.

REV XUNDU: What is your request to the Commission?

MR MBEKWA: I request that the Commission give me a bit of money so that I can solve problems that emanated from this incident.

REV XUNDU: You also requested that your roads be fixed up. I have got a list of requests here.

MR MBEKWA: Yes those are my requests.

REV XUNDU: What is your clan name?

MR MBEKWA: Gadebe.

REV XUNDU: You have also requested that we build a tombstone.

MR MBEKWA: Yes it would be good, because some of my people died. I could request that as well.

REV XUNDU: Anything else?

MR MBEKWA: No. Thank you. Maybe I will give the other a chance.

REV XUNDU: Thank you Tlobi.

MR MBEKWA: You are a very kind man.

 
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