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A-Team (OFS)

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The A-Team, also known as the 'Phakathis' was a vigilante group set up and headed by a well-known local councillor in the Thabong area of Welkom to counter the activities of the UDF primarily, and in a smaller measure, the ANC. The A-Team carried out a reign of terror in several areas of the province, particularly in Thabong and Parys, under the guise of 'maintaining order'. In at least one case, the A-Team is alleged to have been supported by police and municipal structures.

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After most operations a braai was held at Vlakplaas to celebrate the successes of the unit. The generals were there, eating and drinking. According to De Kock corruption and fraud, ranging from free booze in the Vlakplaas pub, to the filing of false claims worth up to R80 000 at a time was the ...
But let’s start at the beginning. In 1977 Winnie was banished to Brandfort. When she came back to Soweto after a severe illness in 1988 she must have harboured a great deal of frustration and anger about her treatment by the police. She surrounded herself with a group of boys and young men whom ...
Over the past year and a half the faces on the Amnesty Committee have become well-known. We have seen them listen, probe, question and debate in hearings across the country. To date 53 amnesties have been granted and 39 refused. But the process is not only about hearings. Amnesty applications that ...
It just says fulfil these legal obligations and then we sweep the terrain clean and can start on a clean slate. // Let’s talk about the other leg, reconciliation. There’s been a lot of criticism that this has only been the opening of wounds and no real reconciliation. Do you agree with that? // ...
Bram Fischer was born in 1908 on a farm near Bloemfontein. He came from a well known legal family. His father, Peter Ulrich Fischer was Judge President of the Free State and his grandfather Abram Fischer had been a cabinet minister in the Union of South Africa. Bram went to Grey College and then ...
She introduced me to Jerry Richardson who was in charge of the house. She introduced me to Slash, Shoes and other boys. I didn’t have clothes to wear so she gave me a tracksuit for Mandela United. They wrote on the back Mandela United Football Team.
Who did you receive that instruction from? // As I mentioned in my application at that stage it was the then head of the Defence Force General Geldenhuys, he asked me to draw up this plan. // And that would have been a plan as you indicate in your amnesty application to be of support to the SAP in ...
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This week our team goes to Port Elizabeth for an amnesty hearing around the killings of the Pebco Three. We’ll meet again next Sunday at six. Good night.
Biko’s interrogation team was headed by Colonel Harold Snyman; it included Brigadier Daantjie Siebert, Warrant Officers Rubin Marx and Johan Beneke and Gideon Niewoudt, better known now as the Motherwell bomber. These men are now applying for amnesty. The missing application is perhaps that of ...
I just remember feeling the most incredible rage and anger that he was ignoring me and that he was lying at the time, because he said ‘kandi shishi, kandi shishi,’ he doesn’t know anything. Then I brought the person that we’d captured the day before. They’d been travelling together and I ...
Phemba Mpanza faces the difficult choice of either living in Chesterville after being labelled an impimpi or trying to make a new life elsewhere. He decided to stay. Dan moved out years ago. They agreed that the troubled community is still not addressed. Even today, Angelina Magwaza, is still too ...
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There must be thousands of victims out there who have given their statements and who have given their testimony who want to know what the Truth Commission has in store for them. Would you talk to them for us? // Thank you. I’m grateful to TRC Special Report for this opportunity they are giving us ...
[We are part of a winning team. Each of us is an important member of that team.]
In this episode we are introduced to Jeffrey Benzien, the Western Cape policeman notorious for his wet-bag torture method. Benzien appeared before the Amnesty Committee this week for the torture of activists and killing of MK cadre Ashley Kriel and were confronted by some of his torture victims ...
Three good friends get together once or twice a year to talk about the old times. They go way back these guys. They were once cops together at Brixton Murder and Robbery. About 10 years ago all 3 suddenly quit the force for a new career on the other side of the law. Between them they have been ...
Hello. A warm welcome from the Special Report team to our first programme for 1997. We’re on a new channel, SABC 1; a new timeslot, 8 o’clock; a slightly shorter programme and a bit of a new look. In tonight’s programme we’re going to look at which perpetrators of gross human rights ...
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