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Human Rights Violation Hearings
Type HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, SUBMISSIONS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Starting Date 25 March 1997
Day 2 LUSIKISIKI
Names NOSIPO DOROTHEA ZOMDIZELA
and he had wounds all over his body. He would fall down and he would tell us that he was electrocuted. And his mind was not well. We would take him to the hospital and his whole body was suffering. He had wounds on his legs. He was detained twice. The second time he was taken to Richmond.
MS SOMDIZELA: Yes I do have a request. My children are fatherless. I would like the Government to help me to educate my children and to feed them. Secondly I would requested that if you can build a clinic in our village. We would appreciate that.
On behalf of the Commission we would like to thank you. You have a lot of dignity, calm words that you have spoken with no anger or bitterness. Your strength, incredible strength. Since we started working in this area we have never seen such strength. You have given us a picture that you have been tortured, have been oppressed and injured. Some of you lost family members, members of your families died in the hands of the National Party.
We have a picture in our minds that we will never forget. A picture that you went through a lot of pain but that you are here with no bitterness. You are not talking about things that you heard that happened, just stories, but you were talking about your lives. Things that happened to your spouses, your families, but when you sat here and you gave evidence in connection with your relatives, some of you have been left as orphans.
We have heard your requests. Some are personal and others are for the Pondo people. Some are requesting schools, clinics, roads. After you lost family members you are not thinking about yourselves, but you are thinking about the Pondo people as a whole.
We will take your requests to the Government. It moved us deeply. For us to find out that the Government that was oppressive to you you could not even report, because you were too scared. We trust that the present Government will change that idea of the Government. We hope that the present Government will be of service to you.
Mr Magawana has not made a statement, but we will request him to come up, because apparently he is of the same group. After he has given evidence would he please give a statement, because the most important thing to the Commission is a statement that is documented.